Cracked Tooth Repair
Cracked Tooth Repair
A cracked tooth can be anything from a barely visible hairline fracture to a blemish on your smile that affects self-confidence. At Eagle Dental, our staff is experienced in identifying and treating cracks and fractures with expert restorative dentistry. We understand the sensitivity and urgency of this issue, and we strive to get you the perfect smile you deserve. We even offer same and next-day emergency appointments for cases that can’t wait.
Larger cracks can affect the appearance of your smile and self-esteem or make it difficult or painful to bite and chew food. If left untreated, a cracked tooth can cause further complications, such as infection and tooth loss. Treating a cracked tooth as early as possible will always benefit your long-term oral health for the better.
How to Identify a Cracked Tooth
Some cracks are hairline fractures, nearly unidentifiable to the naked eye. It’s possible to have a cracked tooth that requires treatment without realizing it. If you suspect you might have a cracked tooth, here are a few signs to look out for.
- Increased sensitivity to hot or cold food and drink.
- Sudden tooth pain when biting or chewing.
- Swelling or infection on the gum line near the area of the tooth.
- A tooth that’s visibly shorter than the surrounding teeth.
Unlike tooth pain caused by cavities, pain caused by cracked teeth is often sporadic. You might feel it while eating dinner one day, and not notice the pain again for a couple of days. If you’re experiencing any tooth pain, it’s always recommended to get in touch with a dentist, like us at Eagle Dental, and have a proper examination.
How are cracked teeth repaired?
If you suspect you might have a fractured tooth, the first step is to receive a detailed examination. We use a combination of dental probing tools and x-ray imaging to get a closer look at your teeth and determine the severity of the crack or fracture.
Hairline fractures might not require any treatment at all, especially if they’re painless and make no change to your appearance. However, larger fractures or cracks will likely require repair to prevent further damage from occurring. Depending on the severity of the crack, we might recommend repairing it with a filling, bonding material, or dental crown. These treatments are used to restore the strength and function of your teeth If cracked teeth are left untreated, they can begin to affect the nerves and dental pulp of the tooth. This can lead to more severe treatments such as a root canal or tooth extraction.
If you have a cracked tooth or suspect you may have one, it’s always better to act fast. Contact us at Eagle Dental today. We’ll give you the care you need to confidently let your smile shine.