Cracked teeth, also known as tooth fractures, may range from painless, minor chips in enamel to serious cracks that compromise the root and the viability of the tooth as a whole. At William L. Eick, DDS in Rocky River, OH, Dr. Eick and his experienced team offer an extensive selection of restorative dentistry solutions, including diagnosis and treatment of cracked teeth. Today, we’d like to address and explain some of the most common causes, complications, and treatment options for tooth fractures.
Repairing Cracked Teeth in Rocky River, OH
The type of repair needed for a cracked tooth is contingent upon the cause of the injury, the location of the fracture, and the depth to which it extends toward the root. Some of the most common causes of cracked teeth include:
- Teeth grinding or clenching; this places an excessive amount of force on the teeth
- Biting down on something hard, including ice, unpopped popcorn kernels, hard candies, and non-food items like pens or product packaging
- Trauma to the mouth or lower jaw
- Large or ill-fitting fillings that weaken enamel
- Sudden, extreme changes in temperature within the mouth
- Advanced periodontal disease; bone loss within the jaw can compromise structural integrity of the teeth
If a portion of your tooth breaks off and you are able to locate it, use a sterile saline solution or clean water to gently clear it of any debris and place it in a container of milk until you can reach our office. As a general rule of thumb, always wear an athletic mouthguard when participating in sports, and never use your teeth as tools to open packages or remove price tags from clothing. Though tooth enamel is the most highly mineralized substance in the human body, it is far from indestructible.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Cracked Teeth
Cracked teeth that are left untreated may result in increased sensitivity, pain while chewing, and even the need for extraction. This is why acting promptly is such an integral component in successful treatment. A visual exam and x-rays are used to diagnose the type of crack in any tooth. Depending on the severity of the fracture, Dr. Eick may recommend one or more restorative solutions, including dental bonding, a filling, endodontic treatment, a crown, or dental veneers. Our team is always ready to discuss your restorative options with you to formulate a treatment plan that best suits your unique needs.
What to Do if You Have a Cracked Tooth
In many cases, a cracked tooth can be treated and saved before more serious, irreparable damage is sustained. If you notice a crack or chip in any of your teeth, no matter how small it may seem, please do not hesitate to contact our office immediately to schedule an appointment with Dr. Eick. From our comfortable, welcoming dental practice in Rocky River, OH, we happily serve patients from throughout nearby communities in Cleveland, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Westlake, and the surrounding areas. Dr. Eick is genuinely committed to helping his patients and their families achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles with exceptional cosmetic and restorative dental care.