Pain from a broken tooth can be extremely painful and distressing. When you initially break a tooth, you may not always get any symptoms and symptoms may only appear some time afterwards.
Conversely, a broken tooth can cause pain and sensitivity immediately and this can become worse within a short period of time.
The reason why the tooth has broken in the first place is important because it could be that there was already decay and causing the tooth to break suddenly.
Sometimes a tooth breaks simply because you bit on something very hard or the tooth was already weak and this subsequently goes on to become decayed.
A tooth which is broken is more likely to become decayed for two reasons. Firstly, if the enamel has been breached causing the underlying dentine to be exposed. We know that dentine is not as strong as enamel and therefore it is more likely to succumb to decay.
In addition, a broken tooth is more difficult to clean and the toothbrush will not be able to sufficiently remove food debris and plaque that builds up. This then accelerates the rate of decay within that tooth.
Whether you have mild sensitivity or more serious pain, it is important to get this treated by your regular dentist or an emergency dentist.
There are a number of treatments that can be done as an emergency in this situation. If the tooth has no decay or very little decay, it may be that the emergency treatment consists of placing a temporary filling with a view to having it filled permanently as soon as possible.
It may be that the tooth has now become infected and the pulp or the nerve of the tooth needs to be cleaned out. At a later date, the tooth will therefore need a root canal treatment or in worst-case scenarios an extraction.
Whilst you are waiting to see a dentist, you will need to take some painkillers and a combination of paracetamol and ibuprofen which work the best. You should also carry on cleaning inside the cavity as best as you can to clean out food debris that is packing in and to keep it free of plaque.
In conclusion, a broken tooth should not be ignored and even if it is not painful, you should ask a dentist to examine the tooth as soon as possible.