Tooth enamel is denser than bone. It is the hardest substance in the human body so you expect your teeth to last a life time. Most people take their teeth for granted. They are not just used for chewing food. People have been known to use their teeth as package openers, scissors, scrapers and even removing the tops off bottles. It sound humorous, yet such ingenuity can lead to broken or cracked teeth. There are other things that can cause teeth to crack as well. As people age their teeth can become more brittle. Clenching, grinding and chewing on hard objects increase the chances that your teeth can become cracked or broken. Not all damage to teeth is readily apparent either. Your tooth may look healthy, yet you feel sensitivity to temperature changes with foods and beverages. You may experience pain when chewing or biting down. This discomfort may be sporadic; it might only cause a problem when you let up on the pressure. Occasionally, a tooth may have a hairline crack and nothing at all is felt until the nerve center of the tooth, the pulp, becomes involved.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, do not delay in getting your tooth examined with our general dental care services. Early diagnosis is imperative for the best outcome. Leaving it untreated is not only uncomfortable for you, it can also lead to more serious problems such as the tooth breaking, infection setting in and even problems developing with the surrounding soft tissues. Not all teeth damaged this way can be saved. It depends on the extent and type of damage. Adults may have teeth with superficial crazing. This particular problem is easily dealt with. A crack that leads to part of the chewing surface being eliminated is also a problem that can be remedied without alarm. Cracking a cusp on a molar or bicuspid usually does not affect the tooth pulp and a new filling or sometimes a crown will fix the problem.
In the event you have a tooth that is cracked from the top of the tooth down toward the root, the question of whether or not it can be saved depends on the extent of the crack. When the crack ends above the gum line the tooth may be able to be saved. Often, if it ends below the gum line or if the tooth is split, it will need to be removed.
Repairs to Damaged Teeth
Your teeth are important and at Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry, we do whatever we can within reason to help our patients keep their original teeth. There are several options available for chipped and broken teeth. Sometimes the broken part of the enamel can be reattached to the tooth with special bonding agents. Additional options include acrylic fillings that match the tooth color or a crown to add protection to the tooth. For the best outcome, you need to have your tooth examined as soon as possible after the incident. This will prevent more serious damage from occurring.
Contact Hudson Oaks Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation and get the relief you need. We want to help you keep your smile healthy and bright