Cracked Tooth Repair

Our teeth were designed to last a lifetime. The outer layer, the enamel, is the hardest substance in the human body; it is even harder than bone. Daily, the teeth endure literally tons of pressure as food is chewed. In the best of circumstances, teeth do last a lifetime. However, many people are not so fortunate. Under some circumstances the enamel of a tooth can chip, crack or break.

There are a variety of reasons why this may happen to a tooth. Some people constantly clench their jaws and grind their teeth. This puts more than the average amount of pressure on the teeth and can lead to breakage. Chewing on hard objects also can cause problems. Occasionally the enamel will grow weak due to illness or certain medications. Enamel can also weaken with the aging process. Trauma such as a bad fall or impact can also break or chip a tooth.

In most instances, damage to a tooth can readily be seen. There are instances, however, where you may not notice a problem until other symptoms occur and general dentistry is required. Discomfort upon chewing or release of pressure when biting down can be the result of a broken tooth. Sensitivity to temperature differences in foods and beverages is also a sign of a problem. Discomfort can be severe or barely noticeable. You may feel a constant throbbing or you may only feel some discomfort sporadically. Occasionally no pain is felt at all until the pulp of the tooth, the nerve center, becomes involved.

Repairs to Damaged Teeth

When a tooth is damaged, it is critical to have it repaired right away. How it will be repaired depends upon the type of damage and the extent of the damage. Bonding materials can be used in some instances when part of the enamel is broken off. In such a case, it is a matter of bonding the broken piece back to the tooth. When that is not an option and the damage is not too extensive, composite resin may be used to restore the tooth back to its original form. In some situations, a crown may be necessary in order to protect the tooth. However, if a crack extends below the gum line it may be impossible to save the tooth.

When you suspect your tooth has been damaged, contact our office today to make an appointment to see Dr. Frederick. He will assess the situation and advise you on the most advantageous route to take for repairs. Always remember, the earlier you address the issue, the better the outcome may be.