Maybe you had a sports accident or chewed on too much hard ice. When you first notice a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, it can be one of life’s most vulnerable moments.
Fortunately, Dr. Daniel Adelpour of BLVD Dental Aesthetics sees many Mid-Wilshire, Beverly Hills, and West Hollywood patients with cracked or fractured teeth and uses proven restorative and cosmetic dentistry techniques to repair damaged teeth so that you don’t have to live life not proud of your smile.
Even though the enamel that covers our teeth is the strongest tissue in the body, it’s still vulnerable to cracking, chipping, and breaking. Teeth damage in many ways, whether you’re not following proper precautions (like wearing a mouth guard during sports) or you’ve been in an accident and have suffered from a traumatic blow. Also, tooth decay weakens teeth and causes them to be more vulnerable to breaking.
Sometimes, you can see a cracked tooth. Other times, you can feel it. Sometimes, it can be challenging to see a cracked molar, because it’s in the back of the mouth. But, a flashlight and mirror or an extra set of eyes can help you identify a cracked molar. Still, if you cannot see a crack, cracked tooth pain can feel excruciating and mild. It all depends on how the tooth is cracked.
Teeth can fracture in many ways, including:
Early diagnosis of cracked teeth can save your teeth from extraction. Without professional intervention, you can expect the crack to worsen over time. How to fix a cracked tooth is highly dependent on the type and severity of the crack itself: