A tooth can break or crack for a variety of reasons, such as biting down on something hard, falling, or direct impact to the mouth.

A broken tooth occurs most commonly in children, as their teeth are more fragile than those of adults. A broken tooth can sometimes be extremely painful and should be treated immediately. If the fracture goes untreated, it can lead to further complications, such as infection, dental abscess, and tooth loss.

What Causes a Tooth to Crack?

A cracked tooth usually occurs when the bite pressure exceeds the natural strength of a tooth. Fracturing usually occurs when biting off a piece of hard food or when chewing on something that is not food, such as a pencil or pen.

While tooth enamel is very strong, it is not also indestructible. A tooth that is cracked is vulnerable to damage that can lead to further breakage. At our dental practice, we can restore the health and beauty of your smile with restorative dentistry services, such as dental crowns and fillings.

How Is a Cracked Tooth Diagnosed?

A cracked tooth is usually diagnosed by the dentist during a routine dental exam. Most patients may not even realize they have a cracked tooth, as the crack may not be visible. However, if a cracked tooth is suspected, the Dentist in Baton Rouge, LA may diagnose the crack using a dental explorer. The dental explorer is a dental instrument that is commonly used to probe the teeth. It is designed to feel around and between the teeth for any signs of decay or cavities, as well as other problems that may be present. This includes a cracked tooth.

How Is a Cracked Tooth Treated?

A cracked tooth needs to be treated as soon as possible to avoid further damage. It may need a crown, which is a tooth-shaped cap that covers the damaged tooth and protects it. A crown can also restore the appearance of the tooth. We may also choose composite bonding or dental fillings to restore a cracked tooth. Although a cracked tooth may not cause you any pain, it can still cause further damage to your tooth and mouth.

When you have a cracked tooth, your tooth may:

  • Be more sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks
  • Be more at risk for infection
  • Be more at risk for tooth decay

When Is Root Canal Treatment Needed?

If a tooth is damaged, whether by decay or trauma, and the inner pulp layer becomes infected, a root canal procedure might be necessary. A root canal treatment removes the infected tissue within the tooth and replaces it with a rubber-like material. This material seals the tooth and ensures that no bacteria are able to re-enter the tooth and cause further damage.

To find out more about the dental services we offer at College Family Dentistry, call (225) 926-4640 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 4616 Concord Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

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4616 Concord Ave,
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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