Having a cracked tooth is a common but unsettling experience. A person can get their tooth cracked for several reasons, like trauma, biting on hard objects, teeth grinding, clenching of teeth, etc. This is because these behaviors might exert extra strain and pressure on teeth, making them more susceptible to cracking.
Cracked tooth - Symptoms
When a cracked tooth occurs, the results can be painful, uncomfortable, and embarrassing. Your teeth may be sensitive to temperature or feel loose or wobbly in your mouth. These symptoms can worsen over time, so it’s important to see your dentist right away.
A cracked tooth requires immediate treatment. Without proper treatment, the tooth can shift, causing further damage to your smile. A cracked tooth can be the result of injury, bite problems, or weakened enamel. Your dental team can examine your teeth, identify the cause of your cracked tooth, and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.
What treatment options are available?
Having cracked teeth can be frustrating, but there are several treatments that may be able to repair them. The treatment options include the following:
Fillings: Cracks, cavities, and decayed areas of the teeth can be treated with dental fillings.
Root canal treatment: If the tooth root is affected, root canal therapy is the most practicable treatment option.
Crowns:Cracks can be covered using a dental crown which is a cap placed over the tooth to improve its strength.
Dental bonding: Bonding involves the application of tooth-colored synthetic resin material to improve the appearance of cracks.
Veneers: Veneers are thin shells designed to cover the front of teeth to conceal stains and cracks.
However, if the crack is severe and extensive, the extraction of the tooth may be inevitable. The treatment that’s right for you will depend on the extent of your fracture and which tooth is affected.
Cracked Tooth - Prevention
You can prevent cracked teeth by keeping your teeth clean and healthy. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Also, make sure you wear your nightguard. If you are using one, then continue to wear it every night as a nightguard protects your teeth from grinding. Another way to prevent teeth from cracking is by avoiding bad habits like chewing gum and ice. Also, avoid eating hard food like nuts, popcorn, and caramels.
To learn more about the treatment options for cracked teeth, visit us at Helena, MT, or call us at (406) 443-6160 to schedule an appointment with the dentist, and we will be happy to help.