Discomfort or a sharp pain when biting could mean you have a cracked tooth. Based on the type, location and severity of the crack, your dentist might recommend bonding, a dental crown or root canal treatment. A severe crack could necessitate extraction.
Causes of a Cracked Tooth
A variety of factors can cause your tooth to crack. These include:
- An accident that delivers a hard blow to your mouth
- Chewing on hard foods like ice, nuts or hard candy
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Loss of tooth structure through wear, large fillings or other types of dental restorations
Types of Treatment for a Cracked Tooth
If the crack is microscopic and has only affected your tooth enamel, your dentist might just polish the surface. Cracks that are deeper may be repaired with bonding, crowns or root canal to prevent the fracture from worsening and causing other problems like pulp infection.
- Bonding: Done in a single visit, a tooth-colored composite resin is applied to fill the surface crack.
- Crown: A cap is placed over the cracked tooth to stop the fracture from getting worse. Crowns are typically made of porcelain or ceramic, gold and other metal alloys.
- Root canal: A more intensive procedure, this can help save your tooth when the whole structure is affected. It involves removing the pulp, then cleaning, disinfecting, filling and resealing your cracked tooth.
To learn more about treatments for a cracked tooth, check out this video.
A tiny crack is often invisible to the eye and might not even show up in an x-ray. Regular exams help your dentist monitor the health of your teeth and gums. Early diagnosis and treatment are most effective. Schedule a dental checkup right away. Our dental clinic offers a full range of the latest restorative and cosmetic treatments to help you maintain an attractive and healthy smile.