A cracked tooth is more common among adults than you may think. It can take many forms, from shallow craze lines (cracks in the tooth’s outer surface) to fractures extending from a tooth’s chewing surface into the root. We’ve seen quite a few cracked teeth in our day, so you may be wondering what advice we have about getting it fixed. Read on to find out how we make a cracked tooth look and feel like new when you schedule your dental appointment with us.
Confirm Your Tooth is Cracked
Cracked teeth are usually accompanied by pain when biting or other pressure. You will experience discomfort when chewing, especially after release, and your teeth will be more sensitive to heat and cold. While pain will come and go in most cases, sometimes you may not experience pain at all, so pain is not the only determining factor of a cracked tooth. You may also notice discoloration or a light brown line running vertically through the tooth. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is generally safe to conclude that you have a cracked tooth.
Identify the Severity of the Crack
We typically see most cracked teeth appear in the back of the mouth where the majority of chewing happens. Depending on the severity of the crack, there are a few paths we can take at your dental appointment:
● In the least severe cases, the cracked tooth will require a dental crown to cover and restore the damage.
● If the crack is a bit deeper than surface level, a root canal may be necessary before we place a crown on the tooth.
● In the most severe cases, where the crack has extended deep into the tooth, we will have to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant.
Make Your Dental Appointment
Early detection and treatment are essential to saving your cracked tooth. If you think you have a cracked tooth, seek out a family dentist who will work with you to create a treatment plan. A treatment plan will relieve pain and restore a cracked tooth’s functionality and appearance. Waiting to repair a cracked tooth could make it harder to determine the full extent of the crack, which makes it more difficult to treat and increases chances of infection. Be proactive and find a family dentist near you as soon as you can.
Protect Your Smile with Radiance Dental
Are you looking for a family dentist in the Twin Cities? At Radiance Dental, we create healthy RADIANT smiles for life. Are you worried you have a cracked tooth? Never fear! We will create a treatment plan to make your tooth look and feel better. No matter how severe your crack is, we will work with you to provide a healthy solution. While much of the work to maintain a healthy smile is done at home, regular dental visits are necessary for protecting your oral and overall health. Radiance Dental provides general, pediatric and cosmetic dentistry services to make sure the whole family has healthy, happy smiles. Our team of dedicated staff are committed to continued education to learn the latest techniques and technologies to provide the best available care for our patients. We provide a safe, comfortable atmosphere for regular cleanings, important questions and the treatments our patients need to put their best smile forward. Whether you have a cracked tooth or need a check-up and cleaning, schedule an appointment with Radiance Dental today.