There are various types of cracked teeth, all of which can lead to infection of the nerve. The crack can exist inside the tooth or in the outer tooth covering and can run in any direction, penetrating through the whole tooth, or just a portion of the tooth.
Cracked teeth result in a number of symptoms, such as pain when chewing or long-standing sensitivity to cold or hot. Since the pain is not consistent, it is difficult to diagnose the cause of discomfort for most patients.
The approach to dealing with your cracked teeth is determined by the presenting symptoms and the area of the tooth that may be at risk.
A cracked tooth can be very painful if the nerve is exposed. Additionally, the affected area may also become tender. If you crack a tooth, you should immediately rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area and apply a cold compress to your mouth to reduce swelling. You should seek dental help immediately.
If there is a razor-sharp edge, the tooth must first be buffed down. Additional treatment will depend on the area of the fraction, the proximity of the crack to the nerve, and the overall condition of the affected tooth. We may be able to restore the cracked tooth with a restorative material, such as silver alloy, porcelain, gold, or a dental crown in a process called bonding.
A cracked tooth may be easily fixed if the proper treatment is done in a timely manner. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call 876-519-3636 or complete the form below.