Visiting us for regular exams and dental cleaning is essential for your overall oral health and wellness. From teeth cleanings to oral screenings, you should always make it a point to see Dr. Kevin F. Postol and the team here at our family and cosmetic dentistry practice at least twice a year.
But, dentistry is so much more than cleanings and screenings. Cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry are becoming more popular as people start to visit the dentist for the first time after years of neglecting their teeth.
No one wants cracked or split teeth. Not only can it be embarrassing, but it can even be painful or dangerous. Understandably, you might have questions about cosmetic dentistry for cracked teeth. Below, you’ll find some of the most common ones, as well as the answers you may be seeking.
How Do I Know if I Have Cracked or Split Teeth?
Believe it or not, cracked teeth aren’t always visible, especially in the back of the mouth. One way you can tell there’s a problem is if you’re experiencing pain. A cracked tooth can cause a sharp, shooting pain in the mouth.
You may have difficulty biting down on foods and may be hypersensitive to hot or cold foods. That’s usually an indication that there is some type of fracture because the interior of your tooth isn’t meant to be exposed to temperature changes. It can cause pain and discomfort. When this happens, we consider it a dental emergency, so please contact our office as soon as possible.
How Can a Cracked or Split Tooth Be Fixed?
If you suspect that your tooth is cracked or split, the most important thing is to give us a call as quickly as possible. Our team is experienced in dealing with cracked teeth and will provide you with quality care and reassurance to make you as comfortable as possible.
First, we’ll need to get a clear image of the teeth, so we will start by taking an X-ray to determine exactly what’s going on. The kind of treatment you’ll receive will depend on how much damage has been done and which teeth are affected.
A cracked tooth refers to a vertical crack that runs the length of the tooth itself, from the top to the gumline. In some cases, the tooth can be saved with a root canal and finished with a dental crown. But, if the crack goes underneath the gumline, it’s likely the tooth will have to be extracted. There are replacement options, of course, so don’t fret too much over tooth extraction – it’s a more common process than many people think.
If your tooth has split into different segments, part of it may be able to be saved with a root canal. But, teeth usually break this way when a fracture has gone untreated for a long time. If the tooth or gums have started to decay, an extraction is often the best solution.
You don’t have to live in pain or deal with the embarrassment of a visible cracked or split tooth. Feel free to contact us today if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms. Dr. Postol will be happy to take a look and provide you with the best treatment possible.