There’s no way to guarantee that your teeth will remain intact. There are so many hazards that we put our teeth through on a daily basis. Even the simple act of eating can be a danger to your teeth. If something you’re consuming contains a surprisingly hard spot that you bite down with full force, there’s a chance you could end up with a cracked tooth. If you chomp down on a popcorn kernel that didn’t pop, a piece of metal that a factory accidentally baked inside a cake or cookie, or you nibble on pencils, ice, and fingernails as a nervous habit, you could end up with surface fractures in the enamel of your teeth (craze lines) or full-blown tooth cracks. Your Farmington Hills cosmetic dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will answer some common questions about cracked teeth.
What Are the Symptoms of Cracked Teeth?
Cracked teeth can have various symptoms, and sometimes you know you have cracked a tooth right when it happens. Other times, you can feel a rough spot, or see the crack. If the crack is more subtle, intermittent pain from exposure to extreme temperatures (particularly hot or cold beverages) would be one common sign. If cracks are very shallow, they may not even show up on an x-ray, so it’s important to note any unusual red flags.
Do Cracked Teeth Need to Be Treated?
This can depend on the situation, but in many cases a crack can expose the inner tissues of your teeth. Known as the pulp, blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues lie below the gumline and rely on protection from healthy teeth and gum tissue. If the roots of your teeth become exposed to bacteria, they can become infected. Without treatment, tooth loss is a possibility.
What Is the Treatment for Cracked Teeth?
The also depends on the individual case. Depth and severity of the crack will dictate whether you can leave the crack alone for now, or whether or not root canal treatment is warranted. Craze lines are very small, shallow cracks that only have cosmetic implications. A professional teeth whitening treatment may be all you need in that case. If your cracked tooth involves a chewing surface of the tooth, the pulp will likely need attention and a filling or crown may be in order.
Consult with Your Farmington Hills Cosmetic Dentist
If you believe you have a cracked tooth contact your cosmetic dentist in Farmington Hills for a consultation. You can reach Dr. Askari and the Comfort Dental Spa team by calling our 48335 dentist office at (248) 474-6434. We are happy to serve patients in Farmington Hills, MI, and surrounding neighborhoods.