Signs You Have A Cracked Tooth
A cracked tooth is a serious dental concern that requires intervention from the dentist, yet many times people do not even know that they have a cracked tooth. While it seems like any damage to a tooth would be obvious, some issues are less obvious than others. In fact, many people first learn that they have a cracked tooth when they go to the dentist for a routine cleaning and exam. Whether you are aware of your cracked tooth beforehand or become aware of it by your dentist, it is essential that you have the issue taken care of before it leads to more severe damage inside your mouth.
The most obvious sign of a cracked tooth is pain. When a tooth is cracked, pressure put on the tooth during chewing opens the crack so that the extremely sensitive nerves within the tooth are exposed. Pain is often alleviated once the pressure of chewing is taken off. It is very important to visit your dentist right away if this is something that you experience because a crack that opens allows bacteria and other tiny particles within the mouth to enter into the inner layers of the tooth. This can allow infection and decay to set it and cause extreme damage.
Other signs of a cracked tooth include changes in the appearance of a single tooth. A visible line in a tooth, discoloration of a single tooth, a chip, or transparency within a tooth are all signs of damage. These types of cracks are often minor cracks and can be corrected, saving the tooth, if immediate intervention is given.
Cracked teeth occur from extensive pressure being applied to a tooth. While trauma and blunt blows to the face can often cause cracked teeth, they are more often caused by bad habits. Biting your fingernails, chewing ice and/or hard candy are notorious for causing a cracked tooth. These seemingly simple actions put a tremendous amount of force on the teeth, and can cause a crack to occur easily. This is often surprising considering that tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, but it can occur in the simplest manner.
If you are concerned that you have a cracked tooth, are experiencing any type of oral pain, or it is simply time for your next dental appointment, please contact Springhurst Hills Dentistry today. We are here for all your oral health care needs and comfort.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Lan Tran, Springhurst Hills Dentistry
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