At Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry, Dr. Daniel Holsteen and our team are happy to help our patients with all of their oral care needs. Although tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, even harder than the bones, those pearly whites can still be injured and sustain cracked, or fractured, teeth.
If you are eating and feel a sharp pain when you bite down on your food, but it stops when you stop putting pressure on your tooth, your tooth may have a fracture. A tooth can crack for a number of reasons:
- If you chew on hard objects such as ice, hard candy, or hard nuts you can fracture a tooth.
- A blow to the mouth can crack a tooth.
- If tooth enamel is exposed to temperature extremes, your tooth can crack. So if you are eating hot soup, don’t be tempted to sip ice water with it.
- Your teeth can crack if you persistently grind or clench your teeth (also known as bruxism).
To repair a cracked tooth, Dr. Holsteen will first examine the tooth to determine the proper treatment. If the tooth has minor cracks, a composite dental filling may be all that will be required. However, if the damage is severe or affecting the tooth pulp, the tooth may require a root canal. In extreme cases, a tooth extraction may be necessary.
If you are suffering from the effects of a cracked tooth, please call us at 719-598-3502 as soon as possible. Until you are seen in our office, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth, take over-the-counter pain reliever as needed, and rinse with salt water for relief. Our Mountain Shadows Family Dentistry team is happy to help you restore your confident smile!