Don’t Despair: Cracked Tooth Repair
While teeth are very strong, a cracked tooth is a common condition in adults. They can crack for a variety of reasons, but the good news is there are several treatments that can save your tooth from further damage.
Teeth can crack for a number of reasons, such as:
- Trauma to the face or mouth due to fall, car accident or blow to the face
- Teeth that are poorly aligned can cause uneven chewing
- Frequent grinding or clenching puts pressure on the teeth
- Eating or drinking something extremely hot and then cooling it with ice water
Cracks in teeth can range from small craze lines — tiny cracks in the enamel that don’t require treatment — to extreme cracks that require an extraction. If you feel any of the following symptoms, it might be a sign that you have this issue:
- Pain when chewing food
- Extreme pain from sour, sweet or acidic foods and drinks
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
- Swollen gums around the tooth that is cracked
Treatments Used to Fix a Cracked Tooth
There are plenty of effective treatments that repair a cracked tooth. However, there are some instances when the tooth can’t be saved and will need to be extracted. In these instances, the following options are available:
- Dental bonding can repair the crack by covering it with a tooth-colored resin. It is bonded and shaped to the tooth to give it a natural look. The procedure is fast and effective and the bonding can last up to ten years.
- Dental veneers are used to cover the front surface of a tooth.
- For teeth that are badly damaged, a crown can be placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage and prevent an extraction.
Our patients’ dental health is our top priority. If you think you may have a cracked tooth, please call our Lewisville, TX office to schedule an appointment so we can see you right away and help you avoid further damage to your tooth.