Having a cracked tooth is often compared to a woman having a run in a pair of nylon tights or leggings – the area under concern continues getting longer and longer until it has destroyed the entire pair. The same can be said for a crack in a tooth. When left alone, that crack works its way further and further down into the tooth, until there is nothing left that can be done.
Cracks typically begin on the crown portion of the tooth. The crack is usually from trauma or an aged restoration that is beginning to give out due to excess forces. An exam can identify some cracks, while others are so microscopic in nature that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. There are various tests that your dentist can perform on the tooth during your exam to determine if a tooth has cracked or not.
If a crack extends through the root of the tooth, it may become problematic or be non-restorable. Treating the tooth with a root canal is an option to help the tooth remain free of discomfort and infection while also continuing to stay in place for several more years. Most dentists will recommend seeing a specialist to assess root fractures as they are often a complex situation to handle.
It should be the goal of every dentist to help you maintain your natural teeth as long as possible. Even restored natural teeth are better than having the tooth removed just to replace it with something artificial. Ask your dentist what the quickest and most promising way is to repair your cracked tooth before it’s too late.
Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
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