If you are enduring unexplained tooth pain, it may be due to a cracked tooth. Today, people keep their teeth longer than ever, which means teeth are more likely to become damaged or cracked. You may not even know that your tooth is cracked because it can crack without any part of it coming loose or breaking off.
What Causes A Cracked Tooth?
Fractures can develop for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the most common reasons your tooth may have cracked:
- Natural wear and tear. As we age, our teeth experience normal wear and tear through chewing and biting. The teeth tend to become weaker and cracks can occur.
- Bruxism or clenched teeth. If you grind your teeth or clench your jaw, you are more likely to experience a cracked tooth. All the pressure you put on your teeth naturally causes them to be more susceptible to fractures.
- Injuries or other trauma to your mouth can result in cracked or fractured teeth.
- Large fillings sometimes weaken your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to fracture.
- Tooth decay that goes untreated can weaken your teeth and eventually cause them to crack.
Treating Your Fractured Tooth
There are a variety of ways to treat your cracked tooth, depending on the severity and type of crack. Through treatment, we strive to keep the tooth intact and to keep the crack from getting larger.
Treatment can include:
- Stabilization. We use a composite bonded restoration which we place in your tooth to repair and stabilize it.
- Filling. Sometimes a simple filling can take care of the fracture and provide stability to your tooth.
- Crown restoration. We can cap your tooth with a crown which allows us to strengthen and protect your tooth.
- Root canal therapy. If the fracture has reached the root of your tooth and bacteria has been allowed to penetrate it, a root canal may be necessary.
- Extraction. In some rare cases, your tooth will have to be extracted and can then be replaced by an implant or a bridge.
If you’ve noticed tooth pain that you can’t explain, you may have a cracked tooth. Our doctors can diagnose and treat your cracked tooth with the best, most affordable option for you. We want to preserve and protect your teeth and will do our best to make sure that they remain healthy and viable.