Cracked Teeth Treatment in Edmond, OK
Contemporary Orthodontics provides treatment for cracked teeth to patients in Edmond, OK. Contact us at 405-285-5042 to learn more or schedule an appointment.
Cracked teeth can occur for a variety of reasons – and you may not even realize it has happened. But without the right attention from your dentist, your cracked teeth can lead to bigger dental issues.
This is why it is so important to see your dentist regularly.
Symptoms of a cracked tooth are varied and may include pain when chewing, temperature sensitivity or pressure sensitivity or a combination of these. Because the pain often comes and goes, it can be very difficult to recognize what is causing the problem. It can sometimes even be difficult to identify exactly which tooth is causing the discomfort.
If your tooth is cracked – or you suspect it may be – it is crucial that you make an appointment with our office. Cracked teeth can often be treated and saved, but not without your dentist’s help.
Even small movement of the cracked tooth pieces during chewing can cause irritation to the tooth’s pulp, which causes pain. Similarly, when the bite is released, the crack can close quickly, causing sharp pain. Over time, the tooth pulp will become damaged. As this happens, the tooth will hurt more consistently. Cracks can sometimes lead to infections in the pulp tissue and spread to the surrounding gum and bone.
Contact us at 405-285-5042 to schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can cause a cracked tooth?
Teeth can crack for any number of reasons. A few of the most common are:
- Bruxism (teeth clenching, grinding)
- Eating hard foods
- Trauma to the mouth, such as a car accident, sports injury, or fight
- Large fillings that compromise the tooth’s integrity
- Age, as those 50 years and older seem to experience the most cracks
Can cracked teeth be fixed?
Yes. Your dentist can repair chipped and cracked teeth with various treatments. These include:
- Bonding to fill the crack, restoring it in both looks and function.
- A crown to fit over the cracked tooth to protect it.
- A root canal to remove any damaged pulp.
Unfortunately, if the crack in the tooth reaches the gum line, it may require extraction. Your dentist will discuss any concerns and potential treatment options with you.
Is a cracked tooth considered a dental emergency?
If a tooth is broken, visibly and painfully, then you will want to contact your dentist immediately for an appointment. This type of injury to the tooth can leave the pulp exposed and vulnerable – and can also be incredibly painful.
On the other hand, a cracked tooth or a chipped tooth is not necessarily considered a dental emergency. Though, you do not want to put off making your dentist appointment. What may seem minor now can lead to bigger issues if not addressed by your dental team – and staying on top of it can increase your chance of saving your tooth.