Cracked Tooth Treatment Appointments in Portland, ME
About cracked tooth
Cracked teeth are a very common dental injury. In fact, they are one of the leading causes of tooth loss. A cracked tooth may be caused by:
- Biting on something hard
- Grinding your teeth
- A blow to the head/ mouth (such as during a car crash or sports collision)
- Natural age-related decay
In some cases, the crack in the tooth is so minuscule that you don’t even notice its existence. In others, a vertical crack may extend from the crown of the tooth down to the gum ridge. Cracked teeth may cause no pain at all, or they can be extremely painful. Common symptoms of a cracked tooth include:
- Pain during chewing or biting down
- Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
- Sensitivity to sweetness
- Soreness that comes and goes
- Inflammation around the affected area
Even if your cracked tooth doesn’t cause any symptoms, it is recommended that you seek dental attention to discuss treatment. A crack in the tooth’s enamel can lead to the pulp (the inner part of the tooth that contains nerve and blood cells) being exposed to bacteria in the mouth. If this inner portion of the tooth becomes infected, it can lead to more serious problems.
During your dental appointment, talk to your dentist about the best treatment plan for your cracked or chipped tooth.