There are many reasons a tooth can break or crack. Whether it be from grinding your teeth, biting hard candy, or from age, cracks present themselves when you aren’t expecting them. So what should you do when your tooth becomes cracked? And what happens if you don’t know? Keep reading as we outline the symptoms, what will happen during your dentist visit, and treatment for a cracked or broken tooth.
How do you know if you have a cracked or broken tooth?
Most of the time it will be obvious when your tooth becomes cracked or broken and you may even feel the piece of tooth in your mouth. You may also see the crack or break when you look in the mirror.
Sometimes, however, you may not know that your tooth is cracked or broken, so here are some symptoms to be watching for:
- Painful to chew and bite
- Sensitive to hot and cold temperatures
- Sharp pain
- Swollen gum around cracked or broken tooth
What to expect during your dentist visit?
If you suspect that you have a cracked or broken tooth, it’s important to schedule a dentist appointment as soon as possible. During your appointment, your dentist will conduct an x-ray to see if they can find the crack. Although, x-rays don’t always catch the crack or break.
If the x-ray doesn’t show a crack or break, your dentist may try a few other tactics to identify where your cracked or broken tooth lies:
- Review your dental history such as teeth grinding
- Feel teeth for the crack with a dental explorer
- Look for inflammation when probing gums
- Bite down on something to see if it’s painful and where
How does a cracked or broken tooth get treated?
There are numerous ways to treat a cracked or broken tooth; the treatment depends on the type of crack or break. The most common treatments to repair a cracked or broken tooth include bonding, placement of a crown, root canal, and in severe cases, extraction.
If a crack isn’t causing a pain and isn’t evident, the dentist may not recommend a treatment at all.
Do you need to book a dental appointment?
We’d love to see you in the office to inspect your tooth’s crack or break and recommend a treatment plan. If you simply need a checkup or need to be seen more urgently, please give us a call at (574) 269-1787 or contact us here so we can get an appointment scheduled for you!