While it is true the teeth are typically very strong in nature, under unique circumstances they will chip, break or even fracture. The end result of a cracked tooth is severe pain. Equally important to note is that a cracked tooth will make the tooth more susceptible to infection and additional damage. Anytime you suspect that you have a broken tooth it is essential to visit your dental care provider as soon as possible. That said there are a few steps that you can take as a way to lessen the pain and keep your tooth in good shape until you do visit your dentist.
Noticeable Crack Or A Piece Of The Tooth Is Missing
For example, one key indicator that you have a cracked tooth is when there is a sudden pain if you chew something hard. It is best to examine the tooth visually to see if there is a noticeable crack or a piece of the tooth is missing. As a note of caution, if there is a piece of severed tooth in your mouth it is best to expel it so that it does not become ingested causing additional problems. Also in less severe cracked teeth, there may not be immediate pain.
Best Way To Determine If Injury Has Indeed Occurred
With a minor cracked tooth, the pain may be dull and irregular in nature. With a minor crack, it is also more common to experience pain when eating something hot or cold. As in all cases of dental distress, it is best to consult with your dental care provider no matter how minor the pain may be. Always remember that examining your teeth for any damage or visible cracks is one of the best ways to determine if injury has indeed occurred. Swelling and inflammation are very good indicators that something is not quite right. Consult with your Walnut Creek implant dentist, Massood Darvishzadeh, DDS in Dental Implant Solutions today for more information on how to properly deal with a cracked tooth.