Your tooth can crack or break due to pressure from grinding teeth, biting or chewing hard foods, and exposure to extreme mouth temperatures. Other causes of broken or cracked teeth could be age, a fall, sporting injury, car accident, or a fistfight. Regardless of the cause, a cracked tooth is painful and causes a lot of discomforts. But you don’t have to worry. Treatment for a broken or cracked tooth depends on the damage’s extent, location, and the symptoms you are experiencing. Based on these factors, the following are some of your dentist’s recommendations:
Bonding allows your dentist to use a plastic resin to fill the broken tooth part or crack. This will restore both the look and function of your tooth, enabling you to use the tooth as there before.
Dental crowns are usually made of ceramic or porcelain material. The crown is put on the cracked tooth to protect it from further damage. Before fitting the crown, your dentist takes off the enamel to create room for the cap in your mouth. Your dentist creates your tooth impression, selects a color that blends your teeth, and sends the impression to the dental lab to make a crown for you. The procedure can take two to three weeks. After making the crown, the dentist will fit and cement the crown on your broken or cracked tooth.
Your surgeon will recommend a root canal if the crack has extended into the pulp. The endodontist will remove the infected or inflamed pulp and carefully clean and disinfect it. The affected area will then be sealed or filled, preventing further damage or weakening.
Extraction is the last thing your dentist will do to your cracked or broken tooth. Your dentist may opt to remove the tooth if its nerves, roots, structure are damaged beyond repair.