Your dentist may ask you which tooth hurts. It is often difficult to determine which tooth is causing the pain, so your dentist may ask you to bite down on an instrument specifically designed to diagnose fractured teeth. This instrument allows your dentist to direct bite pressure to one specific area of a molar (an individual cusp tip or point of a molar). While biting down and releasing the bite pressure, you may experience some discomfort or pain sensation. This is due to the movement of the fractured tooth that irritates the nerves of the tooth. This pain response helps the dentist pinpoint the specific tooth and cusp which is fractured. Upon further examination, your dentist will recommend a course of treatment best suitable for you.
There are different types of fractures. Treatment will depend upon the type of fracture, the location of the fracture and the severity of the fracture. Treatment may include a crown, root canal or possibly an extraction followed by some type of restorative dentistry. Alternative treatment may be recommended for minor fractures diagnosed in the early stages.