Do Not Ignore A Cracked Tooth

Do Not Ignore A Cracked Tooth

One of the most common dental emergencies we see in our office is a cracked tooth. One of the easiest ways to prevent a cracked tooth is to maintain your routine hygiene examination appointments. During these visits, we inspect your teeth for signs of extreme wear and cracks. When teeth are extremely worn, such as from grinding, it can lead to the teeth cracking from the extreme pressure. It is important to have a cracked tooth treated as soon as possible.

Signs of a Cracked Tooth

We always recommend that patients inspect their teeth and gums between appointments in hopes of noticing a problem before it becomes severe. Oftentimes, issues, such as a cracked tooth, will be visible to the naked eye. A cracked tooth can occur at any time and can lead to serious oral health complications if not treated in a timely fashion. Besides being visible, other signs of a cracked tooth include:

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Swelling of the gums around the damaged tooth
  • Pain when eating
  • Throbbing discomfort that comes and goes

It is extremely important that you visit our office immediately if you have a cracked tooth. If you are experiencing any of the signs mentioned above, be sure to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. The longer a cracked tooth is left untreated in your mouth, the greater the chance you have of needing a tooth extraction. We would hate for you to experience an infection that will only lead to further problems.

Ways to Prevent a Cracked Tooth

One of the easiest ways to prevent a cracked tooth is to be sure you are only eating food. Using your mouth as a tool and biting your nails will only lead to problems with your oral health. If you have been diagnosed as someone who grinds their teeth, it is important to follow our treatment recommendations. Teeth grinding is also one of the leading causes of cracked teeth.

If you think you may have a cracked tooth, contact our office located in Montgomery, AL as soon as possible. We want to check your mouth and recommend treatment to help prevent further damage.

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