What to do about a Cracked Tooth
Sometimes it is difficult to recognize a cracked tooth. Most other dental problems you will notice right away. It’s not as obvious as a broken crown, chipped tooth, or one that gets knocked out. Even though you might think a cracked tooth might be hard to miss, a lot of people find it surprisingly easy to miss this dental problem. A cracked tooth can be caused by an accident or some kind of forceful trauma, or it can be caused by something as simple as chewing something like a hard piece of candy or an ice cube. Cracked teeth are also more common in people who clench or grind their teeth out of habit.
Signs of a Cracked Tooth
Because a cracked tooth is often invisible to the naked eye, it can be easy to miss. Hairline cracks might not even show up on an x-ray. To know if your tooth is cracked, look for localized pain that gets worse when you bite into food or when your teeth are exposed to hot or cold temperatures.
What to do if you have a Cracked Tooth
If you suspect that you have a cracked tooth, make an appointment with your Woodlands dentist as soon as possible. There are several ways to repair cracked teeth. Dr. Dernick and his Woodlands dental team can often repair a cracked tooth with bonding, by placing a crown or performing a root canal. The treatment will depend on the location and severity of the crack, but your tooth can usually be repaired if you act quickly.
Please contact us if you experience any mouth or tooth pain when you eat or drink. If we catch it early, a cracked tooth can be repaired in most cases. Let us help you protect your teeth from further damage. Schedule an exam today.