Your smile is the first thing people see when they meet you, and cracked teeth is not an attractive look for anyone. But more importantly, cracks can lead to tooth loss and other issues?
Cracked teeth can be painful and vulnerable. Fortunately, at Elegant Dental Care we have treatments that can repair cracks and protect your oral health.
But I don't see any cracks in my teeth...
Cracked Teeth AREN'T ALWAYS OBVIOUS
Pain when Chewing
If you experience pain when you chew or bite into food, it may be due to an oral health issue, including a crack that is not visible.
If you feel pain or irritable sensation when you drink a cold beverage or biting into hot foods, it could be that you have a crack in your tooth which is causing the pulp of the tooth to become irritated.
Pain with No Clear Cause
If a toothache starts for no apparent reason, it could be due to any number of oral health issues, including a fractured tooth.
Do I need to worry about cracking a tooth?
Injury, Pressure, and Weakened Tissue CAN ALL DAMAGE YOUR TEETH
Even with the healthiest teeth an impact from an object can easily result in a dental fracture. Cracked teeth are a common injury that occurs in sports from professionals to recreational activities, car accidents or working around the house.
Your teeth may have more than their share of bite pressure due to misalignment, fingernail biting, tearing open packages, or bruxism.
Compromised Dental Tissue
Acidic foods, stomach acid, and genetics can all result in eroded and weakened dental enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to developing fractures.
How will my dentist and I know if my tooth is cracked?
Prevention Is Simple
Attend Regular Dental Checkups
Dr Sohn can identify signs of teeth grinding and issues such as misalignment, and recommend treatments to correct these issues.
Always wear a mouth-guard when playing sports and take reasonable safety precautions with any activity.
Break Bad Habits
Biting your fingernails and chewing things like ice and trying to tear open things with your teeth can eventually result in a dental fracture. Large amounts of sugary or acidic food can also increase your risk of a cracked tooth.
X-Rays and Other Tests
X-Rays and Microscopes
Taking an x-ray of your bite can help to reveal cracks that are not immediately apparent to the naked eye. Microscopes can also reveal cracks.
Dr Sohn can place a light source against your tooth. If your tooth is cracked it will interrupt light passing through it.
If you bite down on an object such as a cotton roll and then suddenly release the pressure, any resulting pain is likely indicative of a cracked tooth.
Treating Cracked Teeth
Veneers and Bonding
Veneers and bonding can conceal minor cracks that do not threaten your oral health.
A more serious dental fracture may require a crown, which can provide protection against further damage.
Some cracks can result in a dental infection. A root canal can remove infected soft tissue and salvage the exterior, which is restored with a dental crown.
If a tooth is too compromised, extraction may be the best solution. The tooth can be replaced with a dental implant and crown to maintain the balance of your bite and prevent jaw atrophy.