Written by: on March 21, 2016 @ 7:50 pm

shutterstock_151251050Thanks to the advancement of dentistry, our natural teeth are beginning to last much longer than they used to. However, because of this, they also endure many more years of pressure, stress, and wear. As teeth are weakened over time, they become increasingly susceptible to cracks and fractures. Depending on the severity of your situation, a cracked tooth could be detrimental to your overall oral health – in some cases, extraction may even be necessary. Of course that’s not always the case, many cracked teeth are restored just by placing a dental crown – but even a “small” crack can end up much larger, if left untreated.

Treating A Cracked Tooth

All adult teeth have one thing in common – they’re “crazed.” Crazes are tiny cracks in your teeth that are actually harmless and painless, although they may increase the chances of tooth discoloration. When it comes to cracked teeth, crazes are the least of your worries. Whether your tooth becomes cracked from a facial injury, decay, or from grinding (or clenching) your teeth, a crack could stop below your gum line or extend all the way to the root of your tooth.

For these more extensive cracks below the gum line, root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, is the best route to go in order to preserve your natural tooth. During a root canal, your dentist removes the affected portion of your tooth structure (the pulp and nerve) and fills the area with a material to prevent further damage. After placing a dental crown (a tooth-shaped “cap”), your tooth will be completely restored – both aesthetically and functionally.

Locating the crack in your tooth can be difficult at times, they’re not always visible to the naked eye. In fact, some cracks can only be seen through x-ray images – don’t hesitate to contact your dentist if you have a toothache!

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