Many patients have or will experience a cracked tooth at some point in their life. Luckily, there are treatments available for this problem. Speak with your dentist after you do some of your initial research.
Do You Have A Cracked Tooth?
Over time, your teeth age and begin to show little lines on the surface. These tiny grooves are cracks in the enamel that wear over time with normal use. They are not serious if they don’t deepen to the inner surface of the tooth, called dentin. These ‘cracks’ are more superficial than harmful. A good rule to follow: if you have no pain or uncomfortable symptoms, you probably have no need for treatment.
If your tooth is cracked, you will notice sensitivity or pain when chewing your food. In severe cases, you will have constant pain, specifically around the gums of the respective tooth. The treatment provided to you will depend on the damage to your teeth. You may only need a crown, but if the damage is too severe the tooth may need to be removed altogether.
Common Treatments for a Cracked Tooth:
- Minimal damage: the tooth will likely need a dental crown to protect and restore any damage to the tooth.
- Medium severity: if the crack is deep enough, a root canal surgery will be recommended. This includes a crown to provide stability, functionality, and to restore the look of the tooth.
- Most extreme cases: when the crack in your tooth extends to depths that are unrepairable, the removal of the tooth may be required. Dentists try to avoid a tooth extraction, but if it is needed, then a dental implant will be the replacement for your original tooth.
When you have to go through this process, you may worry about the appearance of the crown or dental implant after your procedure. Rest assured that with modern technology, it is possible to match your tooth color and shape to keep a consistent look and restore your smile! After you have undergone a replacement, take care of your teeth. Try not to bite down on hard foods too often. Restoration is sturdy, but these produced materials will never be as tough as the real deal.