A cracked tooth can be a source of great discomfort. While you may believe it will need to be removed, with early diagnosis, there may be an opportunity to save it. Whether or not a cracked tooth can be salvaged with general dentistry depends on the severity of the damage. It also depends on whether the crack extends below the gum line. Getting your tooth examined as soon as possible will give you the best chance of saving it.
Teeth withstand tons of pressure on a regular basis, and under normal circumstances, they hold up beautifully. However, there are a variety of factors that can cause a tooth to become weak and crack under the pressure. A person can be predisposed to have weakened teeth due to genetics. If you eat hard foods, you are at risk of damaging your teeth. Some people have personal habits that put them at risk for trauma to their teeth. For example, cracking nuts with your teeth or using your teeth to pry open containers or packaging increase the opportunities for sustaining damage.
When you wait to have your tooth examined, you can easily sustain more damage, widening the crack and exposing the tooth to bacteria that can accumulate in the area and cause decay. Getting your tooth examined right away gives the dentist an opportunity to make repairs and save your tooth.
The way in which your tooth will be repaired depends on the type and extent of the damage. In some cases, a cracked tooth is repaired simply by using a bonding agent to bond the parts together again. More extensive repair may include root canal therapy if the root has been compromised by the damage. A damaged tooth may need to have a dental crown in order for it to be fully functional again.
Your dentist will examine the tooth and damage thoroughly to determine if the tooth is viable and if it is, what type of repair will be most appropriate. If you think you may have a cracked or damaged tooth, contact Rock Point Family Dentistry today. Book an appointment to have your tooth examined before further damage occurs.