Why You Shouldn't Ignore a Cracked Tooth

Teeth are strong, but they aren’t indestructible. Factors such as grinding your teeth, having large fillings that weaken a tooth’s integrity, sports injuries, and chomping down on hard foods, can make cracking a tooth easy. And once a crack happens, you can experience complications. 

Whether your cracked tooth is severe and requires emergency dentistry, care or you need to be fitted for a crown, Dr. Michael Muscato and his team at Able Dental Care in Phoenix, Arizona, are here to help. Read on to learn more about cracked teeth and why you don’t want to bypass proper treatment.

Complications of a cracked tooth

When your tooth has a crack, numerous problems can unfold. In the short term, you may experience painful chewing and heightened sensitivity to cold and heat. The sharp edges of chipped and cracked teeth can also cause injury to surrounding tissue in your gums and tongue.

If a crack lingers, you run the risk of bacteria invading the inside of the tooth. From there, bacterial overgrowth can lead to an infection known as an abscess and spread to your gums and beyond. Signs of such an infection may include a throbbing toothache, bad breath, fever, and tender glands in your neck.

What to do about a cracked tooth

If you have a severely cracked tooth, especially after a traumatic injury, you’ll need emergency care. You can apply an ice pack to your face or jaw in the region to minimize pain until you get to our office. 

A milder crack may not require immediate care, but you should still schedule an exam as soon as possible. It’s not uncommon to experience a mild crack without realizing it, so don’t ignore symptoms such as painful chewing, even when you’re unsure of the cause.

Cracked tooth treatment

Once you arrive at your appointment for a cracked tooth, Dr. Muscato and his team will conduct an exam to determine the severity of your condition and your best treatment. If your symptoms are severe, he may also recommend X-rays to get a closer look. 

Your treatment plan may include:

The sooner you address a cracked tooth, the fewer complications you’ll experience and the less intense your treatment will be. And if you’re unsure whether you need treatment, keep in mind that it’s better to be safe than sorry.

To learn more about treatment for a cracked tooth or to get the care you need, call Able Dental Care or request an appointment through our website.

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