Do You Have to Care for a Cracked Tooth Differently Than the Rest of Your Teeth
Posted on 9/13/2018 by Dr. Chapko
Unfortunately, about 17% of the adults in the United States who are between the ages of 18 – 64 today have a cracked tooth.
This can range from something minor (e.g. the chipping of the outer layer of your tooth, which is known as enamel and dentin) to severe (e.g. vertical, diagonal, horizontal fractures).
When you crack your enamel or dentin and you chew food you'll move the pieces of your tooth around. This will cause the pulp inside your tooth to become irritated. Eventually the pulp is going to become damaged to the point where it can no longer heal itself. You'll find that this isn't only painful when you're chewing, but your tooth will also become sensitive to temperature extremes.
Why you may Crack Your Tooth
There are many different reasons why you may crack your teeth. Examples of this include accidents, injuries, tooth decay, chewing on hard food (e.g. ice, candy), grinding your teeth, general wear and tear, and large fillings that make your teeth unstable. When this happens, you may or may not experience some pain. This depends on whether your nerves become exposed.
How to Care for Your Cracked Tooth
Regardless of whether you feel any pain, you'll want to take proper care of your cracked tooth until you're able to make it into our office to get it fixed. You should start by rinsing your mouth out with some warm water.
This will help clean the area around your cracked tooth. If you're experiencing any swelling, you can apply a cold compress to the area. Also, make sure you contact us to set up an appointment immediately.
What our Dental Office Does for Your Cracked Tooth
Once in our office, we'll look at how big the crack is. You may need a crown, root canal, or to have your tooth removed. It's important for you to contact us so we can take care of it as soon as possible for you.
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