A cracked tooth does not always require immediate treatment. However, if the crack is severe and is causing pain or discomfort, it must be treated immediately.
At Deep Ellum Advanced Dentistry, we treat a cracked tooth by one of various means, depending on the severity of the damage. If the crack is small and only affects the enamel, our dentist, Dr. Wing, may be able to repair it with a filling or crown. This will protect the tooth from further damage and restore its function. But if the crack is more severe and extends into the tooth's pulp, our dentist may need to perform a root canal to remove the damaged tissue and seal the tooth. Sometimes, the crack may be so severe that the tooth needs to be extracted and replaced with an implant or bridge.
The Causes of a Cracked Tooth
There are several reasons why your teeth may crack. The most common cause is chewing hard foods like ice or nuts. Other causes include grinding your teeth at night, clenching your jaw, and biting down on something hard.
If you grind your teeth at night, you may be at risk of cracking a tooth. Grinding puts a lot of pressure on your teeth and can cause them to chip or break. Clenching your jaw can also cause cracks in your teeth. Finally, biting down on something hard can also cause a crack if your tooth is not strong enough to withstand the force of the impact.
The Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth
You may experience pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods if you have a cracked tooth. You may also feel a sharp pain in your tooth when you bite down. In some cases, the crack may be so severe that it causes you to lose your tooth entirely.
A cracked tooth can be painful and embarrassing, but the good news is that treatments are available to fix it. The treatment will depend on the severity of the crack. If the crack is minor, our dentist in Dallas, TX may recommend a crown or filling to repair the damage. However, you may need root canal therapy or extraction if the crack is more severe.
Treatment Options for Cracked Teeth
Dental bonding involves applying tooth-colored resin to the affected area for minor cracks and fissures. The resin is shaped and polished to match the tooth's appearance.
Root Canal Therapy
When a crack extends into the tooth's pulp in the inner chamber, it can lead to infection and pain. A root canal treatment removes the infected tissue and seals the tooth to prevent further infection.
When a tooth is extensively cracked in Dallas, a dental crown can be placed over it to provide protection and restore functionality. Crowns are custom-made to fit the tooth's contours.
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your teeth, visit Deep Ellum Advanced Dentistry at 3112 Main St., Dallas, TX 75226, or call (214) 466-6610.