Cracked Tooth Repair

Natural teeth are designed to withstand great amounts of pressure day in and day out. For the most part, they hold up well with proper general dentistry. However, there are times when, given the right circumstances, a tooth will crack or break. When this happens, it is important to seek dental care right away.

There are several factors that can lead to a cracked tooth. In most instances, the tooth has become weakened in some way. Large fillings and root canal therapy are an example. Genetics can play a role as well. Personal habits and foods you eat are also part of the equation. Trauma is often another cause.

When you consider the tons of pressure that teeth endure on a daily basis, it is astounding that they do not crack more often. When they do, help is available at Southern Dental Group of Wynne, Arkansas. Unfortunately, you cannot always tell by looking at the tooth whether or not it has sustained damage. Not all surfaces of the tooth can be seen without special instruments. In many cases, the symptoms cause a patient to seek help.

Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages can indicate a problem. When you bite down and the pressure causes discomfort, or when you release pressure and feel discomfort, these can also be signals that your tooth is cracked or damaged. Pain can be constant, throbbing, sporadic, or non-existent. If the nerve center of the tooth is not involved, you may not feel any discomfort.

Repairs to Damaged Teeth

Early diagnosis of a cracked or damaged tooth is vital. Neglecting the injury will make it worse. Repairing the tooth depends on the extent of the damage. Cracks that occur above the gum line are usually repairable. Those extending below the gum line do not have a favorable prognosis.

A thorough examination of the tooth will allow the dentist to make an informed decision regarding the next steps. Simple repairs may mean using a special bonding material to put the parts together again. More involved steps could include the use of a crown to protect the tooth from further damage. The important thing to remember is that early diagnosis of a problem yields the best chance of saving the tooth.

If you suspect you may have a cracked tooth, contact Southern Dental Group today and schedule an appointment. We may be able to see you today.

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