Cracked teeth commonly form in the back molars, where the majority of pressure is applied for biting and chewing. There are different levels of severity for cracked teeth, from mild to critical.
As we age, our teeth can start to develop little surface cracks, which are normal and are not typically a cause for concern. These superficial cracks form on the enamel surface from normal wear and tear.
When cracks extend past the surface of the tooth, they may require professional treatment to protect the tooth. Dr. Lucio H. Kim in Glendale, CA, may recommend a root canal to remove any infection and then place a dental crown over the tooth to prevent further weakening. During your regular visits to the dental practice of Lucio H. Kim, DDS, we will monitor your restoration to look for dental abnormalities.
How We Fix a Cracked Tooth
If the tooth can be saved, we will cover it with a dental crown to protect and stabilize it. When the crack has gone beyond the enamel, we may perform a root canal procedure followed by a dental crown. If the crack has gone deep within the tooth, we may need to perform a dental extraction. We do everything we can to save your teeth and repair the damage as much as possible first.
A broken tooth can invite bacteria, food particles, and infection to your tooth without a solid cover. If you have cracked or broken our tooth, your first call should be to our local Glendale emergency dentist.
Do I Have a Cracked Tooth?
Patients with cracked or broken teeth often report sensitivity or pain to hot or cold foods. Biting and chewing can become painful. If your tooth starts to feel painful constantly, especially around the gum line, we recommend coming in to see us as soon as you can.