Cracked Tooth Repair
Did you know that your teeth are subject to 5600 lbs. of pressure per square inch when chewing? It is amazing that they can hold up to that amount of force on a daily basis. Your teeth are designed to last throughout your life. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for a tooth to crack or break. Many factors figure into the longevity of a tooth. Genetics, personal habits, trauma, oral hygiene, general dental care and even the foods you eat all play a role in the health of your teeth.
When a tooth cracks, it is critical to have it examined right away. Whether or not the tooth can be saved depends on the extent and location of the damage. A crack that extends below the gum line usually indicates that the tooth will probably need to be removed. Neglecting to have it checked can ruin the chances of saving the tooth.
It is not always possible to tell if a tooth is cracked. Occasionally, the damage is not visible, especially if the crack occurs on the side of the tooth near the tongue. Discomfort often accompanies a damaged tooth. It can be as mild as an occasional twinge or as severe as a full blown, throbbing toothache. If you notice pain when you bite down or when pressure is released from your tooth, this is an indication of a problem. You may also feel discomfort when consuming hot or cold beverages and food. Some people have no symptoms until the nerve of the tooth becomes involved.
Repairs to Damaged Teeth
Getting your damaged tooth examined right away is crucial if it is to be saved. In minor situations, the repair may consist of bonding the tooth back together with a special bonding material. More extensive damage requires other solutions. Sometimes a damaged tooth will need to have a dental crown in order to protect it from further damage. After examining the tooth, your dentist will make recommendations regarding the viability of the tooth and an appropriate treatment.
Contact Blue Sky Dental Group today to schedule an appointment to have your tooth examined.