Think you may have a cracked tooth?
Cracking a tooth may be easier than you think, It can happen from chewing on hard objects, foods or a pure accident. If you have to eat only on one side of your mouth because you feel a sharp pain when you bite down, you have to avoid certain foods or drinks; a cracked tooth may be the problem. The result of these events is often painful and can lead to further oral disease. The type of treatment depends on the amount of damage to the tooth. Dr. Harry Albers knows what the best treatment for you is. Set your appointment today!
A tooth may crack due to a variety of factors, including:
- chewing on hard objects or foods such as ice, nuts or hard candy
- an accident, such as a blow to the mouth
- grinding and clenching your teeth
- uneven chewing pressure from a bad bite
- fatigue from years of chewing on a tooth
- loss of a significant portion of tooth structure through wear, large fillings or other restorations
- exposure of tooth enamel to temperature extremes, such as eating hot food and then drinking ice water
- teeth that have become weakened by endodontic (root canal) treatment. These teeth usually need to be protected with a crown.
You can help your dentist determine which tooth is causing the problem by noting when and where you have sensitivity to heat or cold and to sweet, sour or sticky food, as well as approximately where the pain is when you are chewing.
Even though the crack may be microscopic, when it opens, the pulp inside the tooth may become irritated. The pulp is a soft tissue that contains the tooth's nerves and blood vessels. If the crack irritates the pulp, the tooth may become sensitive to temperature extremes. If the pulp becomes damaged or diseased as a result of the crack, root canal treatment may be necessary to save a cracked tooth in Santa Rosa.
While tiny cracks are common and usually do not cause problems, it’s important to have regular dental checkups so your dentist can diagnose and treat problems in the early stage. If you have persistent pain, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and call Dr. Albers’ office to make an appointment immediately.
|A cracked tooth in Santa Rosa may be caused by any number of reasons. It is not uncommon for teeth to crack when a "filling " is placed. Any filling, no matter what size weakens a tooth. When the tooth is weakened, different parts of the tooth can flex when chewing as you can see on the first two images to the left.|
|Here in cross section you can see how chewing forces flexes the weakened part of the tooth and causes a crack.|
|When the cusp breaks off, pain resulting from the flexing cusp stops, but exposed dentin can be sensitive and is more prone to decay. Of course a cracked tooth in Santa Rosa cannot function as well as when whole and needs to be restored. When large areas or cusps break off, an onlay or crown is needed to restore the tooth to function.|
|The patients’ cusp fracture above, extended below the gums, complicating the restorative treatment required. Here you can see the crack extends under the gum line. The result is that the gums need to be "lowered" to expose the tooth so it can be restored properly.|
|Here the crack remains the same to illustrate the gums lowered by means of gum surgery to allow restoration of the tooth.|