Sometimes teeth can develop cracks, and when not treated this can have serious consequences for your oral health.
Cracks can come from injury, or large fillings that weaken the rest of the tooth. Even small cracks can allow bacteria into the tooth, causing decay or infection, leading to further destruction.
A cracked tooth may or may not be sensitive to hot and cold or be painful when biting or chewing.
Cracks that progress too far can result in entire sections of the tooth breaking off, and in some cases, loss of the tooth entirely.
What do you do if you think you have a cracked tooth?
Visit your dentist. They will examine the tooth and x-ray to confirm the severity of the crack.
Talk to your dentist about treatment options to save your crack to protect your teeth from life stress and make sure your smile lasts a lifetime by having regular dental check-ups.
Cracked Tooth Treatment and Symptoms
Our smiles are built to last tooth enamel the outer surface of our teeth is the hardest substance in the human body. Stronger even than our bones that tooth enamel can withstand a lot of wear and tear. But as we live longer and expose our teeth to stresses like clenching grinding or chewing on hard objects. We can put our smiles at-risk signs. You may have a cracked tooth. Our pain when you’re biting or chewing or sensitivity to hot or cold foods. But there are no symptoms at all that’s why regular dental check-ups are so important to understand why a cracked tooth hurts. Let’s take a look at a healthy tooth inside the tooth. under the white enamel is a hard tissue called the dentin. Inside the dentin is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels. it extends from the crown of the tooth into the roots of your teeth when the enamel of the tooth is cracked chewing can cause the pulp to become irritated. this irritation can grow and eventually, the pulp can become injured. Besides pain and sensitivity, the injury may lead to infection of the pulp tissue. That’s why it’s important to diagnose and treat a cracked or chipped tooth quickly. The problem doesn’t get worse. there are many types of cracked teeth treatment that will depend on the type location and severity of the crack. Common cracks include fractured cusps split teeth. Vertical root fractures if you have signs of a cracked tooth, you should see a dentist. A specialist in diagnosing tooth pain dentists are experts in saving your natural teeth. Using state-of-the-art technologies like microscopes and digital imaging to find cracks in your teeth and treat you quickly and comfortably.
Your dentist will discuss your symptoms and examine your tooth to determine your treatment options treating a cracked tooth usually with a root canal procedure will relieve your pain and reduce the likelihood that cracks will worsen during root canal the treatment. your dentist removes the irritated or damaged pulp and cleans shapes fill and seals the root canals to keep bacteria from entering. the tooth after your dentist is finished you must return to your dentist to have your tooth properly restored with a crown that protects the tooth and is important to insure. the success of your root canal treatment.
How to Handle Your Child’s Broken Front Tooth
There are not as many things that have to be done immediately.
First, most kids fall and, they push that baby tooth up. We tell people kids are little miracles and, those teeth often come back down on their own. You would still want to go to the dentist within the next 72 hours after the incident, but you want to make sure that you get an x-ray with your dentist first. If that baby tooth instead of coming up breaks off completely we may have to take that tooth out, it depends on how much of that baby nerve is exposed but that is an incident where you don’t need to go to the dentist that moment but it’s important to go within the next couple of days. With permanent teeth, there’s one big true dental emergency that you need to find a dentist stat and that is if the tooth comes out completely root and all. Try to get that tooth into milk that is what you want to do, the whole tooth needs to go in milk immediately and get to your nearest emergency room. From here based on the age of your child we may need to do a root canal or just evaluate it for some time.
Another permanent tooth injury is sometimes the tooth is fractured or broken off, there are various levels of this sometimes when a kid chips the tooth luckily the nerve is not exposed although there may be some sensitivity with hot and cold that doesn’t mean that your child is immediately gonna have to have some sort of nerve treatment or a root canal, however with every time a tooth is traumatized we highly recommend getting to the dentist within 72 hours to make sure that we can watch how that tooth is still developing. Luckily as time has gone on dentistry has improved and so there are options for your child if they do lose a front tooth, so the best thing you could do is develop a great relationship with your local dentist!
Myth: A Chipped or Broken Baby Tool Will Impact The Adult Tooth
Today’s that dental myth is that a chipped or broken baby tooth could very well mean that the permanent tooth is going to also experience some problems either aesthetically or not you know it r up properly that is generally not the case a child that’s had an injury to a baby tooth will suffer some problems to the baby tooth itself but the Perma tooth that’s up in behind that sort of still on erupted is very well protected in a little sac and is generally hardly ever caused any grief whatsoever from an impact there are a few rare cases of course but it is just to put your new parents at ease there are very few situations where that permanent tooth will be affected so often parents will come in and will reassure them and you know as the tooth erupts we do find that there there’s no problems so anyway that’s today’s busted myth.
Why Do Teeth Crack?
Teeth are protected by a hard outer layer called enamel.
Environmental factors and diet can weaken the enamel and make the tooth prone to decay, cavities, and eventually cracking. Also over time teeth with larger fillings in them can develop cracks. As cracks progress deeper into the tooth they become more difficult to restore. Did you know that the human jaw can close with a force of up to 270lbs!!
What Can You Do to Prevent Cracked Teeth?
Brushing twice a day helps prevent cavities that weaken enamel and make teeth prone to cracks.
Fluoride can also help restore tooth enamel that is weakened by acidic foods and bacteria.
Regular dental checkups will help to identify problems early so they can be treated.
Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth
A small crack may have no symptoms. As the crack progresses, you may become sensitive to hot or cold.
Or you may feel pain from time to time when biting down on the tooth.
What can you do to fix a cracked tooth?
A small crack in a tooth is like a chip in a windshield. The longer you leave it in there the greater the risk that it will get worse. If caught early a crown can replace the entire top of the tooth to protect it like a helmet.
If the crack is deep you may need more extensive work to reinforce the inside of the tooth.
What if the crack is too deep to fix?
This tooth will need to be removed to prevent infection and other complications.
Modern implant technology allows the tooth to be replaced in a way that mimics natural teeth.