Your teeth are remarkably strong. In fact, they are made of the strongest substance in your entire body! Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean your teeth are invincible. Even healthy teeth are subject to damage or fracture under certain pressures. Whether you had a bad fall or bit down on something too hard, a tooth can suffer noticeable chips as well as not-so-visible cracks. All types of tooth damage, however, need the attention of a dental professional.
What Can Happen When a Tooth Cracks
Cracked teeth can vary in severity, location and type. The damage can range from a hairline crack within the outer tooth enamel to a vertical root fracture extending from the tooth root to its chewing surface. Not all tooth cracks produce symptoms; however, many patients report pain and sensitivity when the tooth nerves are impacted. Whether you have symptoms or not, the cracked tooth becomes susceptible to further damage, decay and possible infection if not repaired in a timely manner.
Treating Cracked Teeth
Cracked teeth can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the extent of fracture. Your dentist may recommend a simple dental bonding, a root canal, porcelain veneer or a restorative dental crown. In all cases, the treatment will restore the integrity, appearance and strength of the tooth as well as eliminate any painful sensitivity.
Preventing Tooth Damage
Seeking prompt care for your cracked tooth is essential. It can help you avoid more costly treatments and may even save your tooth. To help you avoid a tooth crack, follow these simple rules:
- Maintain diligent oral hygiene. Healthy teeth are strong teeth.
- Limit these top nine foods that cause tooth damage (According to the American Dental Association), which includes hard candies, ice, citrus, coffee, dried fruit, potato chips, soda, alcohol and sports drinks.
- Wear a mouthguard during sports.
- Use a custom nightguard if you grind your teeth during sleep.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools!
At Alora Dentistry, we can help protect your smile. If you suspect a tooth crack, please call our office as soon as possible. We proudly offer a full range of options to repair cracked and chipped teeth in patients of all ages.