A cracked tooth remains one of the most reported dental injuries today. It can disfigure your teeth and spoil your smile. Without proper care, it can lead to worse dental conditions. Once you notice a cracked tooth, schedule a visit with your dentist. Your dentist will be able to properly assess the damage and determine the right treatment for you.
At the early stage of a cracked tooth, you may not notice any pain. However, the problem aggravates over time and then the pain will become more noticeable. This is one of the reasons why you need to pay regular visit to your dentist in West Hollywood. If your once-in-six-months visit is regular, the dentist can easily detect the cracked tooth and get the problem resolved before it aggravates.
Once you start sensing the associated-pain, pay close attention to where the pain is originating from in your mouth. This way, you can easily show the West Hollywood dentist the area where you are feeling the pain and he can use this professional expertise to get the problem corrected. Pains associated with cracked tooth almost always come when you are eating or when you put hot or cold liquid in your mouth. When the pain becomes noticeable, you should avoid using that painful part to chew your foods as this can worsen the situation. If you use the area to bite into foods, the enamel can crack further and expose the dentin lying under, which can make your teeth very sensitive.
The dentist may not see it as necessary to give you any treatment if the crack is minor and has only affected the enamel. Instead of recommending treatment, the dentist only needs to polish your teeth and they will be restored to normal. Minor cracks noticed on the tooth of adults are considered as normal, according to the American Association of Endodontists.
Polishing only works for minor cracks but does not work for major cracks. If you have major cracks, the dentist will recommend various treatment methods to you depending on the extent of the crack. The dentist may tell you to remove the cracked tooth entirely, he may also recommend a root canal or a crown. Root canal is usually recommended if the soft tissue lying under the enamel has become affected by the crack, it is however a more intense treatment method. The crack can also be repaired by adding filling materials to the cracked spaces.
Not sure what you should do? Call Dr.Delmont today (310) 652-7742 for expert advice, serving Beverly Grove and West Hollywood.