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A tooth that is cracked or chipped can be very painful and can happen at any time. Even though you are not in pain from the damaged tooth it can lead to disease of the tooth. Calling your Wellington, Royal Palm Beach dentist as soon as possible can save you time and money.
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How Can You Tell if Your Tooth is Cracked?
It can be hard for you to tell if a tooth is cracked. If you have pain, you may not be able to tell which tooth hurts or even whether the pain comes from the top or bottom of your mouth. Cracks may be invisible to the eye and may not even show on an x-ray. Sometimes you won't have any pain or sensitivity at all; Dr. Sirivolu, dentist in Wellington, Royal Palm Beach will discover it during your exam.
Look for the following:
- Pain when biting down
- Pain when you stop biting down
- Pain that comes and goes
- Teeth that are sensitive or painful when eating or drinking
- Constant feeling that something is stuck between your teeth
To help out Dr. Sirivolu will keep note of the things that cause you tooth pain such as heat, cold or foods that are sweet, sour or spicy and what area where you are feeling to pain top, bottom, left or right.
Why Does Your Tooth Crack or Chip?
- Chewing on hard objects or foods such as pencils, ice, nuts or hard candy
- An accident that includes being hit near or on the mouth
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Uneven chewing pressure, which can happen if a nearby tooth is lost/missing
- Wear and tear causing loss of tooth structure, like the hard, outer layer called enamel
- Large fillings or other restorations causing loss of tooth structure
- Exposure of tooth enamel to extreme hot and cold temperatures
Why Does Your Cracked/Chipped Tooth Hurt?
The soft tissue inside the center of your tooth is called pulp. It contains nerves and blood vessels. If the cracked or chip reaches the pulp, your tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold. Sometimes, a crack in the enamel of your tooth goes all the way down to the nerve. This type of cracked tooth may hurt when you bite down or when you stop biting. The crack may be too small to see but is large enough for the pulp inside your tooth to become irritated.
When your tooth is cracked, the pulp sometimes becomes infected. If this happens, treatment to remove the pulp, also known as a root canal, may be needed to save your tooth.
How to Treat Your Cracked Tooth?
Treatment depends on the size, location and direction of the crack, as well as your symptoms. Dr. Sirivolu will talk with you about what types of treatment that is right for you.
- Repairing your tooth with filling material
- Placing a crown on your tooth to protect it from even more damage
- Root canal if the nerves of the tooth are infected
- Removing your tooth if it is severely cracked and cannot be repaired.
Regular dental checkups are important, because they let your Wellington, Royal Palm Beach dentist find and treat problems at an early stage. A cracked tooth can become a bigger problem if left untreated. If you think you may have a cracked tooth, call us today!