Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, including bone. Therefore, it seems unlikely that a tooth should crack or break. After all, your teeth are meant to last a life time. While that is true, the fact is, teeth can crack and break. Teeth withstand tremendous amounts of pressure on a regular basis. While maintaining the best oral health with general dentistry will aid in the longevity of your teeth, it is not a guarantee that you will not have problems.
Under certain conditions the enamel of a tooth can become damaged or weakened, causing it to crack or break. There are several reasons for this. Some can be avoided, such as chewing on hard objects; others are less predictable. Genetics, personal habits and even the foods you eat all play a part in the longevity and strength of your teeth. When a tooth cracks or breaks, immediate care is required in order to make sure the situation does not get worse.
Unfortunately you cannot always tell if a tooth is cracked. Some people may experience symptoms such as sensitivity to food and beverage temperatures. You may also notice pain when biting down on the tooth or when pressure is released. Some people experience intermittent pain while others may have a constant throbbing. Such symptoms require a dental examination to find out what is going on with your tooth.
Repairs to Damaged Teeth
Whether or not the damaged tooth can be saved depends on its condition. At Pearl Dental Care we will examine your tooth and make a determination as to its viability. Sometimes bonding the tooth together again with a special bonding agent is all that is needed. Other times a tooth may need to be crowned. If the crack is severe or goes below the gum line, the tooth may need to be extracted. The exam will determine the best course of action. We do all we can to help you keep your natural teeth at Pearl Dental Care. If you suspect you have a cracked or broken tooth, contact our office today to make an appointment to be seen. The earlier your situation is handled the more likely you will have a better outcome.