At Lakeview Dental Care, Dr. Jeffrey Brink and our team are pleased to help our patients in Whitmore Lake, Michigan with all of their oral care needs. Although tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, even harder than the bones, in fact, those pearly whites can still be injured, causing cracked, or fractured, teeth.
If you feel a sharp pain when you bite down on your food which stops when you stop putting pressure on your tooth, your tooth may have a fracture. This can occur for various reasons:
- If you chew on hard objects such as ice, hard candy, or hard nuts you can fracture a tooth.
- A blow to the mouth can crack a tooth.
- If tooth enamel is exposed to temperature extremes, your tooth can crack. So if you are eating hot soup, don’t be tempted to sip ice water with it.
- Your teeth can crack if you persistently grind or clench your teeth (also known as bruxism).
To repair a cracked tooth, Dr. Jeffrey Brink will first examine the tooth to determine the proper treatment. If the tooth has minor cracks, bonding with a tooth-colored composite resin or dental filling may be all that will be required. However, if the damage is severe or affecting the tooth pulp, the tooth may require extraction, requiring a root canal.
A cracked tooth can cause you pain, and if it is left untreated, may eventually require extraction. We invite you to call us at 810-231-2288 as soon as possible for treatment. Until you are seen by Dr. Jeffrey Brink, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth, take acetaminophen or over-the-counter pain reliever as needed, and rinse with salt water for relief. Our Lakeview Dental Care team in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, is ready to restore your confident smile!