Effects of Ignoring a Cracked Tooth
A cracked tooth is a serious issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible, even if the damage does not seem that bad. Cracks compromise the integrity of the tooth. Continuing to bite and chew with it can cause the damage to worsen. If the crack extends into the inner layers of your teeth, it opens a direct path enabling bacteria to get inside. Once there, the bacteria begin to multiply quickly and attack the soft pulp found there. This can then lead to a painful infection that not only affects your oral health but can impact your whole-body health as well.
What Symptoms Point Toward a Cracked Tooth?
There are a variety of symptoms that can indicate that you have a cracked tooth. These symptoms include such things as:
Types of Cracks that Occur in Teeth
There are several different types of cracks that can occur in your teeth.
Treatment for Cracked Teeth
There are a few different options for treating cracked teeth. A major determining factor in the treatment you receive will depend upon the type of crack affecting your tooth. In many cases, a cracked tooth can be treated with a crown. If the pulp is affected and infected, a root canal will be performed first. If the cracks are serious, or the location makes them difficult, or impossible, to treat, an extraction becomes necessary. Should you require an extraction, tooth replacement options will also be discussed.
If you have suffered a cracked tooth, seeking help right away is necessary to prevent serious consequences. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Blue Summit Dental Group today at (810) 658-9177.
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