A cracked tooth usually has a crack that runs from the chewing surface to the place where the tooth meets the gum. Cracked teeth can be painful when eating or when exposed to heat and cold. If left untreated, the pulp under the cracked tooth could get inflamed and this could lead to more serious problems.
What effects can a cracked tooth have?
How is a cracked tooth repaired?
Teeth can get cracked with normal wear and tear or with physical trauma to the mouth. If you experience any of the symptoms of a cracked tooth, you should contact your dentist as soon as possible.
It is not always easy to identify which tooth is causing pain, so it can be difficult to locate a cracked tooth. At Devon Neighbourhood Dental, we will first give you a full oral examination to locate the tooth that is cracked. We might require taking an x-ray to get a better idea of the extent of the crack. If the tooth is not cracked beyond the surface of the gum, we will be able to repair it.
The treatment will depend on the extent of the crack and the condition of your tooth. For most cases, dental bonding is done on the tooth and then a crown is placed over it. While the crack will not heal, this procedure will prevent it from getting worse. Sealing the crack will also prevent the infection from getting into the pulp of the tooth. Once the crown has been placed over the tooth, you can eat normally without experiencing any pain.
Devon Neighbourhood Dental
Dr. Laheeb Quddusi runs Devon Neighbourhood Dental right in the heart of town. A Devon local for over twenty years, Dr. Quddusi makes sure to give every patient the highest quality dental care. Repairing cracked teeth is only one of the many services we offer at our practice. Contact us for an appointment if you feel you have a cracked tooth or for any other dental problems.