Chipped or Cracked Tooth Repair
Your teeth are designed to last a lifetime; however, few people manage to keep all their teeth throughout life. Fewer still manage to keep all their teeth healthy and intact. There are several reasons a tooth may become chipped or cracked. Even though tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, including bone, teeth can become damaged through trauma, personal habits, certain foods and genetics.
Your teeth endure tons of pressure every day, and the way your teeth are designed, they can normally handle it. However, certain circumstances can lead to damage. Biting on a hard substance can chip or crack a tooth. When a tooth has had root canal therapy, it can become brittle and more susceptible to cracking or breaking. Some individuals have a genetic predisposition to weaker enamel, which can lead to problems with chipping or cracking.
Repairing A Damaged Tooth
Early diagnosis is important when a tooth is cracked or chipped. Sometimes a cracked tooth may go untreated until sensitivity is experienced. A crack can form on a side of the tooth and not be readily visible. Symptoms such as sensitivity to hot or cold foods or pain when biting down on the tooth may be your only indication that there is a problem. Discomfort or pain can be constant or intermittent.
For the best outcome, a cracked or chipped tooth should be repaired as soon as possible. Waiting to have it fixed can lead to more extensive damage and possibly cause you to lose the tooth. The extent of the damage determines if the tooth can be saved. For example, a crack that stops above the gumline can most likely be repaired; however, if it extends below the gumline, it may not be viable.
A cracked or chipped tooth may need minor repair, such a bonding the pieces together. Some damage may require more extensive repair, such as a crown to help protect the tooth. At Barrera Advanced Dentistry, we will examine the damage and make recommendations regarding the best way to move forward. If you suspect you have a cracked or chipped tooth, contact us today to schedule your appointment for repair.