Teeth are covered with enamel which is the strongest tissue in your body. Over time, lifestyle choices, medications, harsh chemicals and even food can wear down the enamel on teeth making them susceptible to cracks.
Even if you have cared for your teeth properly over the years, an injury can still result in a cracked tooth. Depending on the severity of the damage, there are different options to repair a cracked tooth. Root canal treatment may be required, so if you suspect you have cracked a tooth, it is best to visit an endodontist as soon as possible.
Dental bonding works best for fractures which are purely cosmetic in nature. A tooth colored resin is basically painted on the tooth to fill in and cover the crack. It is then cured with a special high-intensity light. This type of bonding typically lasts many years and leaves a tooth looking as pretty and pristine as its neighbor.
If a crack is more serious, then a dental crown may be required. They are often used when a tooth has suffered more extensive damage. A dental crown is basically a cap which covers the tooth and protects its integrity while also restoring its appearance. Dental crowns are a common restorative option to save a badly damaged tooth.
Root Canal Treatment
Other cases may require root canal treatment to restore the tooth. During a root canal procedure, the tooth’s pulp and nerve are removed. The crown of the tooth is then sealed to prevent infection. If the tooth has suffered extensive damage, it may be necessary to place a dental crown to help protect it.
Sometimes patients may not realize they have a cracked tooth until they start feeling some discomfort, usually when chewing. Many times, they develop a sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or it may be detected during a dental check-up.
If you experience any of these symptoms, or think you may have a cracked tooth, call Access Endodontics and schedule an appointment. We will eliminate your discomfort and restore the integrity of your smile.