Your teeth are made from the hardest substance in your entire body. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean they are invincible. Even the most well-cared for teeth can crack, chip or break under certain pressures. Whether you had a bad fall or bit down on something too hard, it is important that you let a dentist evaluate your tooth damage – even if it is not currently producing pain.
The Danger of a Cracked Tooth
It is easy for patients to run to the dental office when their tooth is broken, noticeably chipped or throbbing. However, not all tooth fractures produce pain in the beginning. Hairline or surface cracks on a tooth can even be difficult to visually detect on your own. Nonetheless, any type of fracture or damage to a tooth needs attention because it can greatly compromise the future health of the tooth.
To understand why it is dangerous to ignore a cracked tooth, it is important to understand the anatomy of a tooth. Your teeth are covered with an outer enamel layer. This layer is incredibly strong and serves as a barrier of protection for the more sensitive inner layers of the tooth. However, when the enamel gets cracked or chipped, the inner tooth is left vulnerable to outside bacteria and plaque. This means the tooth is not only weakened but can more easily become decayed and infected.
Cracked Tooth Repair is Simple
In most cases, a minor tooth crack can be fixed with composite bonding. This is the same tooth-colored material that is used to treat a cavity. Bonding is quick, affordable and painless. If the tooth crack is severe or has compromised the inner chambers of the tooth, a root canal and/or crown may be required. These are still minor procedures compared to what could happen if a tooth crack is left alone.
If you suspect that your tooth has been fractured, chipped or cracked, make an appointment with us at Avalon Dental Group. With our expertise in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, we offer quick and long-lasting solutions for damaged teeth.