Receiving a crack in one of our teeth can not only look unpleasant, but it can also be painful.
Tooth sensitivity is not uncommon in this case as is chipping in severe cracked tooth cases.
Fortunately, a cracked tooth can be repaired with a quick visit to the dentist.
How are cracked teeth repaired?
Cracked teeth can be repaired in several different ways. However, the method of repair mostly depends on the type and severity of the cracked tooth/teeth.
Your dentist will decide the best method for you. It’s important to remember, though, that whether a primary or permanent tooth is cracked that treatment is necessary – There are many problems that this minor, oral issue can cause.
Fillings – In fairly minor cases, you can expect to receive nothing more than a filling. Cracks that are pretty short, shallow, and not likely to spread can easily be solved through a quick and simple filling.
Dental crowns – Not all cracked tooth cases, though are considered minor. In more severe cases, a dental crown may need to be set in place to prevent the crack from deepening and/or spreading further down the tooth.
No worries, dental crowns aren’t as scary as they seem, and they can look very realistic and function as any other tooth in the mouth. A dental crown can be quite protective for a tooth.
Root canals – Sometimes a cracked tooth can become more than just a cracked tooth. In some more severe cases, a simple cracked tooth can cause pulp and/or tissue damage and would require a root canal to be done.
While some cracked tooth cases are initially severe, those who fail to immediately tend to their cracked tooth will find that their crack may worsen overtime, which is why treatment should soon be done, to prevent further problems such as needing a root canal.
If your cracked tooth turns into a chipped tooth, a filling can be used for minor cases, or tooth bonding may be completed. Very severe cases may best benefit from a dental crown, or in the case that a tooth is almost completely chipped off, having that tooth professionally removed and replaced with a dental implant. Your dentist, once again, will decide your most reliable option fit for your personal scenario.
No matter how minor or severe your tooth crack or chip is, it’s important to make a trip to the dentist as soon as possible to have it checked out. It may seem like no big deal to you, but it can cause costs to rise and more problems to occur shortly after if treatment is not sought out in time.