Cracked teeth are among the most common types of injuries in the mouth. If you think about it, it is easy to understand how this could be the case. Look at how many opportunities there are to take a hit in the facial area while playing sports. You could be hit with a ball, a bat or someone’s hand or elbow. The list can go on and on. You could be doing some work around the house or on the job and something flies up and hits a tooth. You could also simply bite down on a piece of hard candy. Regardless of the reason, cracked teeth can be fixed and should be treated sooner rather than later.
If you are a resident of the Asheville, North Carolina or surrounding area and suspect that you may have damaged a tooth, help is available at the office of Dr. Wendy Willoughby, DDS. With the knowledge, skills and experience of Dr. Willoughby and her staff, that cracked tooth can be saved, and it will continue to function as if the crack never happened.
The symptoms associated with a cracked tooth can vary depending on the location and severity of the injury. If the crack is minor and does not extend any deeper than the enamel, you may not have any symptoms at all. On the other hand, if it goes deeper, you may experience painful biting and chewing. The tooth may also be sensitive to hot or cold drinks. If the tooth is not treated, the crack may widen and get to the point that you experience pain all the time. This is one reason that cracked teeth should be treated as soon as possible.
The outermost layer of a tooth, and the part that is visible when you open your mouth, is the enamel. Under that is another hard layer called the dentin. Beneath the dentin is the pulp, which is comprised of soft tissue that contains blood vessels and nerves. Irritation of the pulp is what causes the pain. Sometimes, if the enamel and dentin are cracked, they can move a little during chewing. This movement can then irritate the pulp and cause pain. If the crack is deep enough to affect the pulp, pain can be experienced without any movement of the tooth.
The location and severity of the crack will determine which method should be used to repair it. It may be feasible to cement the broken piece back into place. At other times, a crown may be the best way to go. It all depends on your unique situation.
If you have suffered a blow to the teeth or if you have other reasons to suspect that you may have a cracked tooth, you should seek help and let Dr. Willoughby and her team at Chestnut Family Dentistry determine the best course of action to get you back to normal. Her office is located in Asheville. Contact us today to schedule your dental appointment.