Do you think you might have cracked a tooth? Not sure how to find out if a tooth is truly cracked? Cracking a tooth can be painful and a lot easier than you might think. There are many ways someone can crack a tooth but identifying the crack and repairing it, is very important to oral health. In this article, we explore different ways to avoid cracking teeth as well as how to identify if you have a cracked tooth and how to repair it with your dentist.
Symptoms of cracked teeth
The main problem with identifying a cracked tooth is that sometimes there is no sign of a crack or any pain to the person. Sometimes a person can go for weeks without even realizing they have a cracked tooth. Even so, there are a few symptoms that are associated with a cracked tooth and if you feel any discomfort, you should contact your dentist. The main symptoms someone might feel if they have a cracked tooth are:
- Pain that comes and leaves suddenly
- Discomfort in gums around the cracked tooth
- Pain when biting down
- Heat/Cold Sensitivity
- Pain when eating or drinking
- Bad Breath
When it comes to cracked teeth, the most important thing is to get it fixed as quickly as possible by scheduling an appointment with your dentist. Leaving a cracked tooth untreated can lead to more pain and problems in the future including infection. Treating a cracked tooth depends on the size and location of the crack as well as the symptoms you are experiencing. Sometimes a dentist will recommend that no treatment is necessary depending on the size of the crack. There are a few ways a dentist can identify a crack in a patient’s tooth. One way a dentist can identify a crack is with a special magnifying glass. A dentist may also use a pointed instrument called a dental explorer. A dental explorer will catch on any cracked edges on a tooth. Sometimes a dentist will also use an X-Ray machine to identify a crack.
Treatment Of A Cracked Tooth
After identifying a cracked tooth, a dentist will then choose the best method to repair the crack. Depending on the location and size of the crack, there are a few different ways your dentist can repair a cracked tooth. Some of the most common treatments a dentist will use are:
- A crown to cover the cracked tooth from more damage
- Glue on the broken/cracked part of the tooth
- Repair the tooth with filling material or bonding
How To Avoid Cracking Teeth
Cracking a tooth can be a lot easier than you think. There are many activities in our daily lives that can lead to tooth cracking. Chewing on foods regularly like hard candy and ice can lead to a cracked tooth. Daily habits like teeth grinding and biting on objects can also lead to a tooth being cracked. Two of the most common ways teeth are cracked is through physical injury and from sensitivity to extreme changes in hot and cold in the mouth. One way this might happen is if someone drinks hot coffee but wants to cool down their mouth with ice water after. This extreme temperature change can expose the tooth enamel and lead to a crack.
If you or anyone you know thinks they may have a cracked tooth, they should make an appointment with a dentist as quickly as possible. An untreated cracked tooth can lead to extreme pain and even infection. At Bonita Beach Dental we have many different solutions for dealing with cracked teeth. Give us a call today and learn more about how we can treat your cracked tooth.