Have you ever bitten down confidently, on what you thought was a relatively soft edible, only to feel the uncomfortable crunch of something hard inside? Then, comes that horrible feeling that you might have just cracked a tooth.
It's not uncommon to crack or fracture a tooth. Accidents, hard foods, chewing on ice, even just grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw can cause tiny cracks in teeth. Your molars are particularly vulnerable to cracks because they absorb most of the force during chewing.
You may not even realize what caused the problem but may become alerted to the fact by discomfort when you eat, or sensitivity to cold or hot temperature in food, liquids, or even the air. Your dentist can help to determine whether you have tooth fractures and figure out the cause, all while fixing the issue so that it doesn't become a more serious problem.
Depending on the depth and severity of the crack, the treatment can vary. Minor cracks of the enamel are found frequently in adults, and as long as it has only affected the outer layer, a simple polishing of the teeth may be all that your dentist suggests. Applying a bonding material (resin) is also a quick fix to cover minor cracks and chips. For more serious cracks a crown might be required to protect the tooth. Root canal therapy will save a tooth that has been compromised internally. In a worse case scenario, the tooth may need to be extracted. If this the case, your dentist will ensure that a bridge or implant will be an effective and appealing replacement.
If you believe you have a cracked or fractured tooth, call Drs. Bolger, Dhaliwal, Shah, Lee, Nijhawannd, Sundeen, and Parikh and our helpful team at Platinum Dental Group. Phone: 732-828-0606, or come by our office in Somerset, New Jersey.