Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Cracked Tooth

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Cracked Tooth

Teeth are strong, and tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body. But many things can happen to cause a crack in your tooth. Trauma, biting down on hard items or foods, bruxism (teeth grinding), sports injuries, and more can cause a cracked tooth

A cracked tooth merits emergency dentistry to repair, and the talented dentists at Cherry Family Dental in San Jose, California provide emergency cracked tooth repair to prevent further problems. If you experience a cracked tooth, call us right away for instructions until we can see you in our office. We make an effort to see you the same day.

You may be tempted to simply ignore a cracked tooth, especially if you’re not experiencing any pain. This is a serious mistake. Bypassing proper treatment can allow complications to develop that can seriously compromise your oral health. Here’s why you don’t want to skip or put off treatment for a cracked tooth. 

What can happen to a cracked tooth?

A cracked tooth provides a gateway into the softer, more sensitive inner tooth matter. This inner material can be sensitive when you encounter hot or cold substances in your mouth, or even cause pain when you chew. Any sharp edges on the cracked tooth can easily injure your tongue, cheeks, or gums. 

This unchecked pathway into the tooth’s inner sanctum allows bacteria to invade and the pulp to become infected. Abscesses can form, causing throbbing pain, fever, tenderness, bad breath, and more issues. If the bacterial infection enters your bloodstream, it can travel throughout the body, causing alarming health problems. 

How long does this take to happen? It depends on the crack in your tooth, its severity, and other factors. In other words, it’s impossible to predict. But putting off getting treatment raises your risk of further complications with each passing day. 

Getting treatment for a cracked tooth

Most cracked teeth will cause some pain and sensitivity, letting you know right away that something is wrong that needs attention. If you’ve been involved in a traumatic injury, apply an ice pack to the sore area on your face or jaw and call Cherry Family Dental. Our team can give you instructions to follow until we can provide you with treatment. 

Some cracks don’t present with pain or sensitivity right away, especially if not caused by trauma. If you suspect you have a cracked tooth, call us and schedule an exam as soon as possible. We can detect even the smallest cracks and determine what, if any, treatment is warranted to protect your oral health. 

Our dentists at Cherry Family Dental will examine your teeth and obtain X-rays to get a closer look at the tooth/teeth in question. Some possible treatments for a cracked tooth include: 

Our skilled and experienced dentists will determine the best treatment for your case and explain why and how it should be carried out. With your approval, we can perform any of these treatments during your appointment. We also provide pain medication to make any treatments as pain-free as possible, and we have sedation dentistry available to help you relax. 

If you suspect you have a cracked tooth, don’t risk more complications with your oral or general health. If you address a cracked tooth as soon as possible, treatments are likely to be less intense or invasive, and less expensive. 

To learn more about treatment for a cracked tooth or to get the care you need, contact us online or by phone at Cherry Family Dental. 

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