Hearing your tooth crack as you are eating one of your favorite foods is alarming in itself. But if you happen to be a person who’s anxiety levels tend to rise at the thought of going to the dentist, a cracked tooth can be an absolute nightmare.
No one expects to crack a tooth and diligent brushers may wonder how it could even happen to them. As we age, our teeth start to develop tiny cracks that are almost unnoticeable. Our teeth become more and more susceptible to injury. If you find yourself in the situation of having a cracked tooth, you may be wondering, “What are my treatment options if I cracked a tooth?” Depending on the severity of the crack, there are a few treatment options for your cracked tooth.
Three general treatments
For a cracked tooth that is mostly superficial and just on the surface, most times, your dentist will not do anything for this kind of crack. It doesn’t necessarily get worse over time.
For mild cracks, a filling material will help the crack to not become worse over time. A crown will then be placed over the tooth, offering even more protection. If the crack goes beyond the enamel and into the root, a root canal may be necessary to extract the damaged tissue.
Severe cracks may warrant a tooth extraction in order to ensure infection or abscess does not soon follow. But while crowns, root canals, and tooth extractions are the right treatments to stop mild to severe cracks in teeth, the use of cosmetic dentistry can improve the appearance of your smile to disguise minor cracks that are not desired.
Porcelain Veneers- They are an excellent option for people who have broken, cracked, short, misshapen teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin and are attached to the front of the tooth, concealing imperfections and giving you a life-long perfect smile.
Restorations- Similarly to the veneers, porcelain can be used as a discrete, less allergic inducing, heat-resistant crown.
Esthetic Bonding- For fast solutions to cracked, discolored, and gapped teeth, esthetic bonding can be placed on the teeth to conceal these minor imperfections.
Don’t hesitate to call
While waiting for your dentist appointment in the event that your cracked tooth is not a dental emergency, be sure to:
- Rinse your mouth with saltwater to alleviate pain due to the cracked tooth becoming infected.
- Do not chew on the side of your cracked tooth
- Keep cold and hot liquids from getting near your cracked tooth which may cause pain
Seeing your dentist as soon as possible could be the difference in saving your tooth or losing it. If you wait too long, the crack could become more severe, more painful, and could ultimately cause you a longer procedure or loss of tooth.
If you live in Coralville, IA, give Coral West Dental a call today if you have cracked a tooth and need an experienced, friendly dental staff to help you decide on the best treatment option.