A cracked tooth is a significant issue that can cause severe discomfort and potential infections and decay. Since they leave the nerves exposed to bacteria, cracks can promote serious infections that may lead to abscesses. Quick treatment can help patients avoid complications; that said, many people live with cracks for a relatively long time without noticing they have a problem.
At first, a crack may go unnoticed; however, over time, people tend to experience sensitivity to heat and cold; while others may notice minor or severe discomfort while chewing. Since a crack will not heal on its own, patients almost always require prompt treatment. Usually, a dentist will place a crown over the cracks, effectively protecting the nerve, while strengthening the tooth to prevent further damage.
Even healthy teeth can fracture; however, usually, cracks appear in teeth which have been treated for cavities. Referred to as cracked tooth syndrome, this is commonly seen in teeth which contain large fillings that create weak points.
Worn fillings and canines can increase a person’s risk of developing cracks. Grinding and clenching can also promote cracking; and it’s important for patients who might be at an increased risk to maintain regular dental checkups to look for potential problems before they result in serious complications.
In certain cases, a cracked tooth can result in serious infection, which could cause nerve death. When this occurs, root canal therapy may become necessary; however, with prompt diagnosis and treatment, patients can usually avoid this. That said, when patients neglect treatment, pain, swelling and bone loss can result.
If you have noticed tooth pain or sensitivity, call Drs. Ken & Marnie Collins at 509-532-1111 in Spokane or 509-927-2273 in Spokane Valley for help. Sometimes cracked teeth may offer no signs or symptoms; so it’s important to schedule regular appointments to avoid serious problems down the road.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-532-1111