Cracked Tooth

Cracks in your teeth usually happen because of strain and may weaken your teeth further. Cracks are often seen in teeth with amalgam filling – also called silver fillings – and the larger the filling, the larger the risk of cracks. You’re also at risk of cracks in your teeth if you grind your teeth or have a tendency to bite your teeth together hard. Cracks are painful and make your teeth cold sensitive, and you will usually find that you’re unable to chew with the tooth.

How Is a Crack Treated?

If you experience discomfort such as pain or irritation from a crack in a tooth, the crack needs treatment, and we recommend you contact us for an examination and treatment.

If you only feel light pain, it may, in some case, be adequate to polish the tooth or the opposite tooth to ensure they don’t bite together as hard. At the same time, this will prevent the crack from getting worse.

If the tooth is very sensitive to cold, and it hurts when you chew on it, the tooth needs relief. In these cases, we will attach a plastic filling or a crown to the tooth. In this way, the crack is glued, and the crown locks the crack.

If the crack is large, and the nerve of the tooth is very irritated, a root canal treatment may be necessary. After the root canal, we will typically attach a plastic filling or a crown to the tooth to strengthen it.

In some cases, the crack will cause the tooth to break, and then we will have to remove the tooth entirely.

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