A cracked tooth can be painful, but if it is diagnosed in time it can be successfully treated with root canal therapy and restored with a crown. Surface cracks may only need to be crowned. However, a crack that is left untreated for too long a time may reach to below the gumline and will be harder to deal with. So obviously you’ll want to get treatment asap.
Some cracks are so tiny that they can easily go unnoticed. The first sign of trouble may be that you start to feel pain any time you put pressure on the tooth like when biting down on something hard. This could mean that the crack has opened under the tension and the nerve center of the tooth has been exposed. At this point you will start to notice a sensitivity to hot or cold drinks that without treatment will continue to increase.
There are some circumstances that may make your teeth more susceptible to cracking. A tooth that has undergone an extensive restoration for instance, will be in a more weakened state than a healthy one. The mere wear and tear of everyday living will eventually take a toll on our teeth, so as we age our risk increases.
Brushing and flossing along with regular professional cleanings and checkups are the best ways to prevent damage to our teeth. Look to Dr. Looze of Southlands Dental for the best in comprehensive diagnosis and personalized care.
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