The most common place for a cracked tooth to occur would be in the back of your mouth where the bulk of chewing takes place. A crack may sometimes be difficult to spot but will look like a thin line on the enamel of your tooth.
A cracked tooth can be caused by biting on hard foods such as ice or hard candy, constantly grinding your teeth, or a large existing filling that has weakened the tooth structure. Cracked teeth won’t necessarily cause symptoms but if you start to experience swollen gums around a certain tooth or increased sensitivity, you will want to make an appointment with us so we can properly diagnose the situation.
A cracked tooth repair will be more invasive than a chipped tooth repair and the treatment of the cracked tooth will depend on the severity of the crack. If a crack is not too severe, your dentist will have to place a crown over the tooth to protect and restore the tooth. If the crack is slightly more severe and has extended deeper into the tooth, you will still need a crown. Beforehand, your dentist will have to perform a root canal procedure to remove the root pulp to ensure the tooth cannot become infected or sick in the future. If the crack is very severe, the tooth will most likely need to be extracted and a treatment plan will be made to replace your tooth. We will always do our best to save your natural teeth but sometimes depending on the situation, other routes may have to be taken. If a cracked tooth is left untreated, it could cause sensitivity, decay and ultimately tooth loss.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency and you are experiencing a great deal of pain please don't hesitate to call us, or if you feel you emergency is severe call 911 as soon as possible.Call Now
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