When you bite down do you feel sharp intermittent pain that immediately goes away?
Do you typically avoid chewing on one side of your mouth?
Has your dentist said that he sees a crack in your tooth but you have no pain?
In all of these situations, you probably have a cracked tooth.
Is it normal for teeth to crack, especially as we get older?
The answer is a resounding NO!
Our teeth were designed by God to last for a lifetime WHEN they are functioning in a normal environment.
Some of the abnormal issues that can cause unhealthy stress on our teeth are:
• accidental trauma to a tooth or teeth
• grinding (bruxing) or clenching your teeth together
• uneven chewing pressure
• large fillings leaving the tooth weak
How are cracked teeth diagnosed?
Unfortunately, cracks do not show up on x-rays. We usually become aware of a cracked tooth when symptoms (discomfort) occur. Other times cracks can be seen visually by your dentist. Both of these approaches are reactive, meaning, the problem has already occurred and now we are trying to figure out which tooth is involved so we can treat that tooth.
At Dr. DiBartolomeo’s office, we prefer a proactive approach. We try to help our patients create an ideal environment in their mouths to keep cracked teeth from occurring in the first place. We believe that patients prefer as little dental work as possible and ideally they would love to prevent ALL dental work.
What is the treatment for a cracked tooth?
The earlier the diagnosis the easier the treatment will be.
If your dentist sees a crack in your tooth and you have no symptoms, you may not need any treatment on the tooth. The dentist will need to diagnose why the crack was in the tooth and treat this cause so the crack does not progress.
If a cracked tooth is diagnosed when mild symptoms are present a crown (cap) will usually resolve the problem. A crown is a covering over the tooth that holds the tooth together.
If the crack has progressed deeper into the tooth, which again does not show up on an x-ray, this may lead to a root canal. Without treatment the crack may become so severe that the tooth will need to be extracted.
How can I prevent a cracked tooth?
At Dr. DiBartolomeo’s office during your initial appointment, Dr. DiBartolomeo will sit down with you in his office to discuss how he can help you achieve the results you desire FOR A LIFETIME. He will give you an opportunity to prevent cracked teeth from occurring.
If you would like more information about this unique approach to health care, please give us a call at 407-830-8613