There is nothing that will stop you from smiling faster than a chipped or cracked tooth. Although the chips and cracks can be painful, they don’t have to be permanent, they are repairable .
A chipped tooth will be painful if the nerve of the tooth is exposed to discomfort. A cracked tooth can damage the root of the tooth. In both cases the tooth will become sensitive to chewing and to hot or cold temperatures.
A cracked tooth might only affect the enamel of your tooth, but it’s also possible that the crack may badly affect your tooth, right down to the root.
What are the causes?
- Untreated Cavities
- A hard hit to the teeth or jaw
- Poor dental hygiene
- Grinding teeth or Chewing
What are the treatments?
If you chip a tooth, the immediate steps to take would be to rinse your mouth with warm water. If your gum is bleeding, use gauze to apply pressure on the tooth to stop the bleeding. If you can’t make it to the Dentist at that moment, go to your local chemist and get some dental cement to protect the remaining piece of your tooth.
If a chip causes minor damage to the enamel of the tooth, your Dentist is probably able to treat the tooth with a filling, crown, or a cap to get your tooth back to its normal appearance and function. However, if your tooth is chipped to the extent that the nerve is exposed, you may need a root canal treatment to remove the damaged nerve, as well as a crown or cap to replace your damaged tooth.
It is important to maintain a regular oral care routine after receiving treatment for a chipped tooth.
Treatment for a cracked tooth is similar to that of a chipped one; a small crack could simply be polished to smooth rough spots. However, if you have a heavily cracked tooth, the fracture could extend from the chewing surface of the tooth down into its root. If you have a heavily cracked tooth, it could become loose and your gums may bleed. If the root is too badly damaged, you may need to have the tooth removed and replaced.
Cracked teeth are treated in the following ways; Tooth bonding (where a tooth-coloured resin is used to repair or reshape a tooth), The use of a tooth splint (If a tooth has become loose or displaced, your Dental professional can bond the cracked tooth to the tooth next to it to help keep it stable while the surrounding bone and gum tissue recover) lastly, A root canal procedure can be done.
While some dental issues are easily treated, others are not. A chipped or cracked tooth doesn’t have to be the end of the world . At Affinity Dental we will have you covered. Sign up today for dental insurance with Affinity Dental.