Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body, capable of withstanding years of chewing and breaking up varieties of food. However, enamel is not invincible. Chips and cracks can form, particularly in the molars, as a result of grinding or clenching the teeth, chewing hard objects, or accidents. Unfortunately, even the tiniest, imperceptible crack can cause intense pain, which is why it is so important to schedule an appointment at Oral Care Dentistry at the first sign of a cracked tooth.
IS YOUR TOOTH CRACKED?
It can be difficult to diagnose a cracked tooth, especially if the crack is invisible to the naked eye and doesn’t even show up on an X-ray. The three most common telltale signs that your tooth is cracked include:
- Sharp, shooting pain when biting or releasing
- Sensitivity to temperature extremes
- Fluctuating, unpredictable pain
Depending on the depth and location of the crack, a patient may not be able to pinpoint where the pain originates from, but Dr. Aurasteh can use a variety of tools to examine the teeth, such as a dental microscope, a fiber-optic wand, or a bite stick.
TREATING A CRACK IN YOUR TOOTH
Repairing a cracked or fractured tooth depends on the size and length of the crack, as well as the location and the state of the tooth in question. The reliable treatment options for even minor fractures include, but are not limited to, the following:
Minor cracks may be repaired with a composite resin that helps fill in and seal the damage, preventing further separation. However, bonding is recommended for teeth that are not exposed to significant pressure, such as the front teeth, as the material is weaker than enamel.
A dental crown is typically the best option for cracks that are deep but do not extend below the gumline. A crown will cover the damaged tooth and help hold it together, preventing the sensitive nerves and pulp inside the tooth from being exposed or harmed. Unlike bonding, crowns are an effective treatment option for cracked molars and provide long-lasting protection.
In the event that a crack has extended beneath the outer enamel and dentin layers, a root canal can help fill in and seal the crack while also treating the inflamed pulp. Following the root canal, a crown is placed over the treated tooth to protect it from further damage.
SCHEDULE YOUR DENTAL TREATMENT TODAY
If you suspect that you or a loved one may have a chipped or cracked tooth, do not put off getting the dental care necessary to protect the damaged tooth. To learn more about treatment options for a cracked tooth, please contact Oral Care Dentistry in Beverly Hills today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Aurasteh is one of the most skilled dentists in Beverly Hills. Simply call us at 310-974-6779 or make an appointment online!