Dental fractures can happen for a number of reasons and come in two types of forms. Fractures can occur to anyone, are sometimes hard to diagnose, but are easy to treat.
One common fracture that can occur to a tooth is an oblique supragingival fracture. This occurs above the gums, which makes it hard to notice. This type of fracture typically occurs when biting down on something too hard, and it is normal that this fracture does not involve the nerve. When the fractured piece breaks away, the pain will go down. You should seek dental attention when you’re dealing with a fracture, as you do not want to cause more of an issue to the oral cavity.
The other common fracture is known as an oblique subgingival fracture, which occurs below the gum line. This fracture results in more pain because when the fractured tooth breaks off, it remains attached to the gums which results in pain and can cause infection. Like the supragingival fracture, it typically does not involve the nerves, but you may need to undergo a root canal so the area can be cleaned out before a crown is placed, if needed.
And finally, one of the most difficult fractures to deal with is the vertical apical root fracture. This begins at the tip of the root and cause intense pain, even if the nerve has been removed from a prior root canal. Even though the nerve may not be present, vertical apical root fractures cause a lot of pain, which occurs in the tooth.
Fractures can lead to severe pain and you should never for any reason put off going to the dentist. Your dentist and their skilled team will be able to provide appropriate treatments for your specific issue. Like anything, fractures if not treated can ultimately cause more pain and oral problems, so it is imperative to undergo a procedure.