Why You Shouldn't Ignore a Cracked Tooth

The outer layer of your teeth is made of enamel, a substance that is stronger than bone; however, you can still damage your teeth. If a tooth is causing you pain, or you notice something unusual, it’s vital to get it checked out by a dentist. Even something small could be indicative of a more significant problem, and you will have less pain if you discover the problem early.

At Berger Family Dental in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, we’re here to help you with all your dental needs, both large and small. From routine cleanings and checkups to crowns and teeth whitening, Dr. Robert Berger and his skilled staff ensure you get the information and treatments you need for your total dental health. We use cutting-edge technology to detect problems, including the highly accurate CariVu™ imaging system.

Dr. Berger has had a long career as a dentist and brings a wealth of experience to provide you with the best dental treatments possible. He is a compassionate doctor who cares deeply about his patients’ health and well-being. He makes time to answer your questions and makes sure you are as comfortable as possible during treatment.

What causes a cracked tooth?

Sometimes when a crack develops in a tooth, you will know it has happened, and you will feel pain. However, sometimes you may not be aware the tooth has cracked, and it doesn’t feel any different. Cracks can be tiny, and you may not notice them at all. 

Many things can cause a tooth to crack, including:

Whatever the cause of the crack, it’s essential to get it checked out as soon as possible so that it doesn’t get worse or cause complications. 

Symptoms of a cracked tooth

In some cases, you may not experience any symptoms from a cracked tooth, but you may experience one or more of the following:

If you experience any discomfort or feel something unusual on a tooth, get it checked out, or it can develop into a more severe problem.

Sometimes a crack is so small you don’t see it, and it may not even show up on an x-ray. That’s why we use the CariVu™ device to detect hidden problems, so we can treat them before they worsen. CariVu™ is a small wand-like instrument that provides a highly detailed image of your tooth, showing cracks or other damage with 99% accuracy.

Why you shouldn’t ignore a cracked tooth

There are many significant reasons why you need to get a cracked tooth checked out by a dentist as soon as possible.

Cracked teeth are sharp

The enamel that makes up the outer layer of your teeth is the most durable material in your body. When it cracks, the edges of the crack can be sharp and can cut the inside of your mouth and your tongue, causing pain and possible infections. Getting the crack examined and by a dentist as soon as possible to avoid this happening.

Crack can get worse

Whether you know what caused the crack or not, that same thing can cause it to get larger, worsening the problem. If you continue to chew on it, the crack could widen, weakening the tooth and possibly causing it to split in half. Getting it checked out sooner can save you discomfort and save your tooth from needing to be removed.

Can get infected

Though the outer enamel layer of your teeth is solid, when it develops a crack, it exposes the layers below the enamel, which are not as tough. These are the dentin layer, which is just under the enamel, and pulp layer, which is around the nerve. When exposed, these layers can become irritated and infected, causing you significant discomfort and possibly requiring a root canal to save the tooth.

If you develop a small crack in your tooth, you may wonder if it’s serious and if you need to get it checked out by a dentist. Even small cracks can cause problems if they get larger, exposing more of your tooth to decay and infection. It’s better to get that crack checked out as soon as possible to spare yourself the discomfort and a possible complex dental procedure.

If you have a crack in your tooth or any other dental concern, call our office to set up an appointment or use our handy online booking tool to schedule a date and time at your convenience.

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