Just like cracks in a windshield, a cracked tooth starts small and progresses slowly over time. But did you know a neglected crack could eventually lead to tooth loss?
Modern dentistry and meticulous homecare have allowed us to retain our teeth longer but the restorative procedures that remove tooth structure for fillings can also leave teeth more susceptive to cracks. Stressors in our life can also manifest with clenching and grinding while we sleep causing cracks to advance. Early detection can improve the chances of saving the tooth and possibly avoid more extensive treatment.
If a tooth is sensitive to biting pressure and the pain lingers well after releasing the pressure; it's a likely sign of a cracked tooth. A brief painful reaction to cold may also indicate the presence of a crack. To avoid further damage, call our office immediately for an appointment so we can assess the tooth's condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan to save the tooth.
Dr. Ronald Rosser DDS