The teeth firmly sit on the jaw, and an outer coating of durable enamel guards it. The teeth are extremely tough, but that does not negate the fact that it is vulnerable to chips, cracks, or breakage.
It is essential to note that recent studies have indicated an increase in the rate of teeth breakage. Researchers have linked it to a rise in the rate of stress or because of aging.
What are other examples of situations that cause damage to tooth structure? Biting with too much pressure, large cavities, chewing on hard objects, and blows to the mouth are some examples. Regardless of the cause of the crack, there are various symptoms to discover these issues. Moreover, we offer a wide range of treatment, which, of course, relies on the state of the injury.
Minor Cracks (craze lines)
They occur as little fissures that give little or no symptoms in most cases. Often it does not require treatment, perhaps due to its negligible condition. However, whenever these cracks occur along with tooth pain, then, an immediate examination is necessary to figure out the root cause and the extent of the damage.
Most times, these tiny cracks do not appear on x-rays, but you can quickly feel them by using small equipment called “explorer.” When the dentist uses the explorer, you have to clamp down on a bite stick, and then they can examine. Another alternative is to stain the area with a dye or view with a high magnification microscope.
These cracks originate from the chewing surface and run through to the root of the tooth. It can also start in the root and extend to the crown. Nevertheless, it does not divide the tooth. Although you most often feel mild pain, especially when you take hot or cold foods, the pain can become sharp when you chew.
Do not neglect these symptoms because vertical cracks, if untreated, can advance further – in such case a tooth extraction will be required.
Deep Fractures or Split Teeth
These are several cases of tooth crack. It is easily noticeable and can cause colossal inflammation and discomfort in the pulp. These fractures can cause the tooth to split from each other, and this condition needs urgent medical attention.
Treatment for Cracked Teeth
The appropriate treatment relies mainly on the level of the havoc wrecked on the tooth. Early detection of symptoms, especially when it is still very minimal, can be fixed using therapeutic methods. However, more significant cracks that have affected the pulp will require a root canal treatment.
After the procedure, the noticeable part of the tooth can be covered with a dental crown. Unless the situation has become very critical, the dentist will not opt for extracting the tooth.
The best treatment for a cracked tooth is to prevent any situation that can lead to its development. Preventive measures include the use of mouth guards for athletes, avoiding situations that can expose you to injuries or accidents, and having a routine with your dentist.
If you’re suffering from a damaged tooth, contact Dr. Felder today for a dental exam.