The teeth are the strongest substance in the human body. However, just because they are strong, that does not mean that they cannot suffer harm. Taking care of your teeth with regular brushing, flossing and dental visits helps to minimize the risk of harm, but even those who are diligent in their oral care routine can still face tooth damage. Cracks in the teeth are a fairly common dental issue. They are the result of a variety of different causes, including such things as facial trauma, falls, and sports-related accidents. At the office of Joseph Dautremont, DDS, we can diagnose a cracked tooth and provide you with the necessary treatment to restore your oral health.
What Happens if You Ignore a Cracked Tooth?
When you have a cracked tooth, getting treatment right away is important. Ignoring it can lead to serious issues. When you bite and chew using a cracked tooth, the pressure exerted on it can force the crack to widen. This can then expose the interior of your tooth to bacterial invasion and painful tooth infections. These infections are irreversible without treatment, and can even go so far as to spread into the bone, surrounding tissue and even throughout the body.
Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth
There are several symptoms that can point toward a cracked tooth. These symptoms include:
Types of Cracks That Affect Teeth
There are multiple types of cracks that can affect your teeth. The exact type of crack you experience is a major determining factor in the treatment that you receive. Common types of cracks that affect teeth are:
Treating Your Cracked Tooth
Your specific treatment will depend on the type, and severity, of the crack. Most cracked teeth can be restored with a crown. If the pulp of the tooth is affected, a root canal is performed first, and a crown placed when the treatment is complete. If the tooth cannot be saved, we will then recommend you for an extraction. If you do require an extraction, we will discuss your replacement options with you to restore the functions of your mouth, your smile, and your oral health.
If you suspect a cracked tooth, it is important to receive treatment as soon as possible. Call the office of Joseph Dautremont, DDS today at (818) 570-8525 for more information and to schedule your appointment.