It’s important to realized that teeth are meant to last a lifetime. The outer part of a tooth, the enamel is a substance that withstands tons of pressure on regular basis. Enamel is an extremely hard substance, in fact, not only is it harder than bone it is the hardest substance in the human body. That being said there are still times when the enamel my crack, chip or break. This typically results from aging, clenching, grinding and chewing on hard objects, however sometimes a tooth gets chipped or broken through a trauma like a fall. When a tooth does crack, chip or break sometimes the damage is obvious, however other times it may not be so noticeable. Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages, discomfort when biting down on the tooth or chewing are all possible symptoms. The discomfort may be irregular or only come when biting pressure is released, however, sometimes there are no symptoms at all until the pulp or the nerve is enflamed.
Being able to diagnose and treat a damaged tooth early on is crucial not only for aesthetic reasons, but it is also important for the overall health of the tooth and the surrounding tissues. Every now and then craze lines (vertical cracks in our teeth) may occur in your teeth as an adult, typically this common occurrence is not cause for alarm as they are just superficial cracks. If you ever crack a cusp (part of the chewing surface of a tooth) on a molar or bicuspid it usually doesn’t involve the pulp/nerve and rarely causes discomfort. The solution to this, depending on how severe the damage, is either a filling or a crown to protect the tooth.
If a tooth has a crack spanning from the chewing surface down toward the root it may not be savable, only the extent of the crack will determine this. If the crack stops before the gum line there is a good chance that it can be saved, however, cracks that extend past the gum line or split the tooth typically need to be extracted. Early diagnosis for a cracked tooth is pivotal for saving it. Here at Grand Oaks Dental Care, we will always do our best to save a damaged or broken tooth.
We Restore Your Chipped or Broken Tooth
Repairing a chipped or broken tooth can be accomplished by several different procedures. Sometimes we repair the tooth using tooth colored filling material or putting a crown on the tooth in order to protect it. A different type of repair is reattaching the broken part of the enamel to the tooth. Regardless of how the tooth is restored it is exceptionally important to get your tooth fixed as soon as possible to prevent more severe damage from happing. Doctor Simon Amir and the staff here at Grand Oaks Dental Care will restore your damaged tooth and ensure your smile stays bright and healthy. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.