Is Your Tooth Cracked? How It Can Be Fixed

Is Your Tooth Cracked? How It Can Be Fixed

Is Your Tooth Cracked? How It Can Be Fixed

 

Over time dental issues can come about to anyone at any age. Usually proper brushing, flossing, and mouth rinse on a daily basis will prevent most dental complications. However, even with proper care, decay and accidents such as chipping and cracking can occur. All teeth have an enamel surface to prevent these types of accidents and even decay from causing cavities. Once the enamel has worn down the exposure will make your teeth more vulnerable.  Usually when a tooth is cracked in half, it is due to a cavity that has caused decay in the teeth. Since a cavity causes a pit in the teeth, it gives it less support and is more likely to crack when under pressure. After a tooth has chipped or cracked, you should visit a dentist as soon as possible. A tooth that has cracked in half typically does not go unnoticed due to the immense amount of pain that will follow.  Method of treatment for cracked teeth will depend on how bad the crack actually is. A tooth that is cracked completely in half most likely will have to be extracted. However, if the cracked tooth has only as slight crack, it may need to just be filled which will be much cheaper and with much less pain involved.
Tooth Cracked

Tooth Cracked

It is best that you seek medical attention from a dentist immediately after a tooth is chipped or cracked. In most cases there is a three to four-hour period that you will have best chances in having the tooth fixed without causing more pain and costing you more. After the three to four-hour window period, the chances of keeping the tooth that has cracked in half drops with each passing hour.  Root canals are one of the most common methods of treating a cracked tooth. A root canal is usually preformed after a tooth as been chipped or cracked with the nerves being exposed.  Leaving a tooth open with the nerves exposed will not only cause a lot of pain but can even create an infection. After a root canal is finished, it will have a crown so that no dental work is not visible.

Although cracks occur mostly in the natural teeth, it is possible other imitations of teeth can be cracked as well. A tooth can crack after a root canal or other dental work. If a tooth cracked after root canal, the crown will need to be replaced. However, if a tooth cracked after root canal, this may mean that the tooth is cracked further than it seemed. How far a tooth is cracked results in both time, money, and the amount of pain associated with this. Although, most dentist will give shots to the nerves in the area this kind of work will be preformed to decrease some or all pain.
Cracks in teeth can also be a result of grinding your teeth at night. Waking up with cracked or chipped teeth is an obvious sign you may be grinding your teeth. To prevent this, wearing a guard for your teeth specially made to prevent this during your sleep could save you time, money, and pain.
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