Your permanent teeth were created to last a lifetime. The foods you eat, along with certain habits, unexpected trauma, et cetera, can compromise their longevity. Though tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, cracking is not an uncommon injury. Each day, your teeth endure tons of pressure. Under normal circumstances adn with general dental treatments, this is not an issue. However, when a tooth has been injured in some way, by decay, trauma or disease, it can crack, chip or break. Damage can occur due to frequent clenching or grinding, or chewing on hard objects. Teeth can become brittle as you age, increasing the likelihood of problems.
In some cases, the damage may not be easily discernable. This is especially true if the crack appears on the inside surface of the tooth, next to the tongue. The symptoms accompanying damage may include such things as sensitivity to temperature of foods and beverages. You may also feel discomfort when biting down on foods or when pressure is released. Discomfort may come and go. Some people may not feel any pain at all unless the heart of the tooth – the pulp – becomes involved.
Repairs to Damaged Teeth
It is important to get any problems diagnosed and handled as soon as possible to prevent further injury to the tooth and surrounding soft tissues. Whether or not the tooth can be saved depends on several factors. Your dentist will examine the affected tooth and consult with you regarding your options. Sometimes superficial craze lines can appear in the teeth of older adults. Generally, these lines only affect the aesthetics of the tooth, not its health. When you lose part of your chewing surface, such as a cusp on a molar or bicuspid, if the damage is not too extensive, only a filling or crown may be required to restore it back to full functionality. Occasionally, the broken part can be reattached using a special bonding material.
Depending on the extent of damage, vertical cracks from the chewing surface towards the root of the tooth may require extraction of the tooth. Early diagnosis is the best way of increasing your chances of saving a damaged tooth. If you suspect one of your teeth is cracked or broken, do not delay in getting it examined. Dr. Guojun Ma at Precision Digital Dentistry will do all she can to save your damaged tooth. Contact our office today and make your appointment now.