The outer layer of your teeth is made of the hardest substance in the human body. Tooth enamel is harder than bone. With that being the case, it is easy to understand that teeth were meant to last a life time. However, that is not always the end result for many people. Through trauma, decay, bad habits and other circumstances, people lose teeth all the time. In most of these instances, when the problem is caught early enough, the tooth can be saved with general dentistry. Such is the case with a cracked tooth depending on the nature of the problem. When a tooth becomes cracked it is important to seek care immediately. This will prevent more serious issues with the tooth.
Occasionally, a tooth may crack and the damage is not visible unless closely examined. A crack formed on the tongue side of your tooth is not visible to the casual observer. You may not experience any symptoms indicating you have a problem. On the other hand, you may have symptoms even though you cannot see the crack. Sensitivity to temperature such as drinking coffee or iced tea may cause discomfort. Biting down could cause pain or the pain may occur only when pressure is released. The discomfort could be a dull nagging pain that is constant or it could be sporadic. When you feel intense discomfort or severe pain, it may be a signal that the root of the tooth has been affected.
Repairs to Damaged Teeth
Early diagnosis and treatment of a cracked tooth is important. It is also necessary to realize that not all damaged teeth can be saved. The dentist will examine your tooth to determine the extent of the damage and make an assessment regarding the viability of the tooth and how best to repair it if it is salvageable. Repairs for damaged teeth could be as simple as bonding it back together or it could require more extensive repair such as needing a dental crown.
If you suspect you have a cracked or damaged tooth, do not wait to get it examined. Early detection of the problem gives your tooth the best chance of being saved. Contact Bencaz Family Dentistry and make an appointment for accurate diagnosis and repair.