A cracked tooth can result from either general wear and tear or an injury. It is normal to experience different symptoms, including pain while chewing and sudden pain if your tooth is exposed to extreme temperatures. In many cases, however, the discomfort comes and goes, making it difficult for your dentist to pinpoint the tooth causing the problem. If you experience any of the above symptoms or suspect you may have a cracked tooth, you should consult an endodontist immediately. In order to save the tooth, early diagnosis is crucial.
What is a Cracked Tooth?
If you have a cracked tooth, it means that the crack extends from the chewing surface of your tooth down toward the root. Though the tooth is not yet broken into separate pieces, the crack could spread over time. Cracks that extend into the pulp can be treated with a root canal procedure and a crown to prevent them from spreading. Cracks below the gum line are beyond treatment, and the tooth will need to be extracted. If left untreated, a cracked tooth will continue to deteriorate.
A skilled endodontist can save cracked teeth by using the proper treatment according to the extent, location, and type of crack. Your tooth will respond better to treatment if you seek it as soon as possible. Most cracked teeth can be repaired with little to no discomfort and will continue to function as they should for many years.
How to Prevent Cracked Teeth
Cracked teeth aren’t entirely preventable, but there are steps you can take to lessen their likelihood:
- Avoid chewing hard objects, including ice, unpopped popcorn kernels, or pens.
- Avoid clenching or grinding your teeth. Consider a retainer or other type of mouthguard if you grind or clench your teeth while you sleep.
- When playing contact sports, always wear a mouthguard or protective mask.
Why Choose Dr. Laskis and Parkview Dentistry for Your Cracked Tooth
Fountain Hills has many fine dentists, but Dr. Laskis stands out among them. As a result of her dedication to patients and quick response to emergencies, she was named a “Top Doctor” in the 2018 issue of Phoenix Magazine.
Dr. Laskis emphasizes the importance of treating the whole person. She practices gentle dentistry to maximize her patients’ comfort. Whenever she cares for patients, she treats them like an extension of her own family.
Our goal is to make your experience at Parkview Dentistry as pleasant as possible. We present you with your treatment options and never proceed without your consent. You are never under any pressure to make a decision right away. Our staff is happy to answer your questions and to go over your options in as much detail as you like. We also provide the following benefits for our clients:
- Experience: Dr. Laskis is a member of the American Dental Association and the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
- Patience: Our trained staff can make nervous patients feel more at ease.
- Flexibility: Our appointment times are flexible to suit your schedule.
Your cracked tooth has caused you enough discomfort. Experience the difference a gentle dentist can make when getting endodontic treatment. Allow us to guide you throughout the process, from financial details to post-procedure guidelines.