How hard is it to crack a tooth? Not very, says your dentist in Vienna — and you may not even realize it right away if it happens to you. The tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, but it can crack or fracture if it is placed under extreme pressure. And considering the fact that your jaw is one of the strongest muscles in your body, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a tooth may crack when you bite down on something hard like ice or a candied apple with a little too much gusto.
Sports injuries are another common cause of cracked teeth. People who grind their teeth or clench their jaws at night may also experience cracks.
These are all things that cause cracked or fractured teeth — but how can you know if you have one? Sometimes, a crack in the tooth is not associated with any symptoms at all. But in most cases, a cracked tooth will cause the following issues:
- Pain or sensitivity to heat, cold, and sweets
- Sharp pain upon biting down
- An aching tooth
Sometimes, cracks are so faint they can’t be seen with the naked eye. Many don’t even show up on an X-ray. Take note of when you are likely to feel pain so you can give your dentist all the information needed to diagnose a cracked tooth.
How We Treat a Cracked Tooth
Schedule an appointment at Monarch Dentistry right away if you have lingering pain or sensitivity. Diagnosing and treating a cracked tooth promptly is important for preventing extensive damage to the tooth’s root, which may require root canal treatment.
The treatment for a cracked tooth depends on the size and location of the crack, and how much pain you are feeling in the area. Tiny cracks may not need to be treated at all. Larger fractures may call for the following treatments:
- Tooth-colored filling
- Dental crown
- Root canal therapy
- Extraction for severe damage
Whatever treatment you and your tooth need, you can feel confident that we perform comfortable treatments using the latest in sedation dentistry.
Preventing Fractures and Injuries Is Easy
While there is no way to guarantee that you will never fracture or crack a tooth, there are some steps you can take to help safeguard your smile from injury. Stop bad habits like nail biting and chewing on ice or hard candy. Do not open packages with your teeth. And if you play sports or grind your teeth at night, invest in a customized mouthguard to protect your tooth enamel. Visiting your dentist every six months will also help us to identify significant cracks early to provide prompt treatment.
Come See Us Today!
With the last point in mind, when was your last visit to Monarch Dentistry? If it’s been longer than six months, it’s time to come in for the routine preventive care that keeps smiles happy and healthy. Request an appointment today!