Reasons To Never Ignore A Cracked Tooth
Dealing with a dental emergency is never a fun time, and it can be a bit confusing to determine what requires an immediate trip to our office. There are certain instances when you absolutely must schedule an office visit, such as when you or a loved one has a cracked tooth. It is important to have a cracked tooth looked at as soon as possible to avoid serious oral health complications.
What Causes a Cracked Tooth
A cracked tooth result from any number of circumstances, such as:
- Injury to your mouth
- Chewing on hard items, like ice
- Normal wear and tear
- Pressure from teeth grinding
- Large fillings that weaken the tooth
Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth
One of the easiest ways to spot a cracked tooth is visually. Other signs your tooth may be cracked include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Swelling of the gums around the damaged tooth
- Pain when eating
- Throbbing discomfort that comes and goes
Need for Immediate Treatment
Thankfully, we offer a number of treatments that can easily repair a cracked tooth, such as veneers, dental crowns, and root canal therapy. A cracked tooth needs to be treated immediately. The longer a cracked tooth is left untreated in your mouth, the greater the chance you have of needing a tooth extraction. Not only can a cracked tooth cause problems with your other teeth, but if left untreated it can cause an infection that can spread to your gums and into the jawbone.
Ways to Prevent a Cracked Tooth
It is important not to use your teeth as tools or chew on non-food items. If you habitually grind your teeth, please take our advice on how to remedy the problem. Failure to do so can result in discomfort as well as added expense.
If you think you may have a cracked tooth, contact our office in Fort Lee, NJ as soon as possible. We want to check your mouth and recommend treatment to help prevent further damage.