Your tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, yet under certain circumstances, a tooth can become cracked.
For some people, they may be genetically predisposed to weaker enamel and therefore susceptible to cracks if they aren’t careful. Other people may have personal habits that put them at risk for injuring their teeth. Even some of the foods you eat can end up causing a cracked tooth.
Your teeth undergo a surprising amount of pressure every day with normal activities. In fact, in their healthiest state, teeth can withstand bone-crushing forces. However, despite their super strength, there are times when a tooth will crack. Immediate attention is called for when a tooth is damaged in this way. You may or may not experience symptoms with a cracked tooth, but if you suspect damage, even if it is slight, you should have the tooth examined. Even a small hairline fracture can end up costing you your tooth as well as a lot of money if it is left untreated.
Symptoms of a broken tooth are varied; you may experience one, some, all or none. Many people have sensitivity issues feeling pain with hot or cold foods and beverages. Pressure biting down on the tooth or letting up which results in discomfort is also another sign of a problem. Pain or discomfort can be constant or sporadic; occasionally, no pain is experienced unless the nerve has been damaged. Early diagnosis and treatment of a cracked tooth give it the best chance of being saved.
Getting your damaged tooth diagnosed and treated as soon as possible helps you avoid the issues that can arise if you neglect getting it taken care of. Even with early intervention, sometimes a tooth will still need to be removed. The only way to determine whether your tooth is viable or not is to have it examined. Dr. Truong will investigate the situation and make a decision as to the next course of action. Repairs to damaged teeth are sometimes as simple as bonding the tooth together or preparing the tooth for a protective crown, a procedure that can be completed in one single appointment with CAD/CAM Technology. Often more extensive repair is required. Each case is unique, and Dr. Truong will advise you regarding the best remedy for your particular situation.
If you think you have a cracked tooth, please contact The Grove Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. We may be able to see you today!