Do you have a cracked tooth?

A cracked tooth can be the result of general wear and tear on your teeth as you age or if you grind or clench your teeth.  A blow to the mouth or other accidents to the facial area can cause cracked teeth.  Chewing on hard foods like nuts, hard candy, or even ice can crack a tooth.  You can even crack a tooth by exposing it to extremes in temperature such as eating hot food and following it with a glass of ice cold water.

So, how can you tell if you have a cracked tooth? There are some common symptoms that can help the dentist determine whether or not that is your problem.  These symptoms can include pain when chewing, increased sensitivity to hot or cold, a feeling of roughness or sharp area on your tooth, constant or intermittent pain.  In some cases, you may experience no pain.

 It’s important to see a dentist ASAP in order to prevent any further damage. An untreated cracked tooth could lead to further damage to the tooth pulp which contains nerves and blood vessels or to an infection.  If the crack extends into the root, you may need to have a root canal or even an extraction.

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How to be sure

What if you suspect that you’ve cracked a tooth?   If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of a cracked tooth such as pain when eating or drinking or an increased sensitivity to hot and cold, you’ll need to schedule an appointment for a visit to the dentist so that he or she can determine the exact nature of the problem and provide good treatment options.

At Exquisite Dentistry, we provide general dentistry services as well as root canal procedures, dental crowns, and implants to patients in Los Angeles. Centrally located, Dr. Alexie Aguil sees patients from West Hollywood, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Mid-Wilshire, Miracle Mile, and Hancock Part.

Dr. Alexie Aguil and the staff of Exquisite Dentistry are known for the attention that they give to patient care and comfort and are constantly striving to make every appointment as pain-free as possible.

Potential solutions to your problem

It’s important that you know what to do if you have a cracked tooth. The most important thing to do is to check with your dentist as quickly as possible.  The type of fracture and its severity determine that type of treatment you’ll need.  MInor cracks rarely need treatment, but more serious issues such as a fractured cusp, vertical crack, or split tooth may require dental crowns, root canals, or endodontic surgery.  

If the crack has progressed too far, you may need to have a extraction.  However, Dr. Aguil can replace the extracted tooth with a dental implant or customized dental bridge which will provide you with a very natural looking result.  

If you’re experiencing symptoms of a cracked tooth, call us today for for a consultation.