At St. Paul Family Dentistry, Drs. Peter Stanton, Joseph Opack, and David Opack are happy to help our patients in St. Paul, Minnesota, with all of their oral care needs. Were you aware that tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body, even harder than the bones? Even so, those precious pearly whites can still sustain cracks or fractures.
While you can’t always tell if you have a cracked tooth, 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. If you constantly chew on one side of your mouth, you may have a cracked tooth.
If you are wondering what you can do to avoid a cracked tooth, here are some of the typical causes that can crack your teeth:
- 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, our dentist will first examine the tooth to determine proper treatment. For example, 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.
If your tooth needs to be extracted, dentist will review tooth replacement options with you to restore your beautiful smile. At St. Paul Family Dentistry, we offer high-quality, natural-looking tooth replacement options, including dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges.
If you are experiencing a cracked tooth, please call us at 651.488.5522 as soon as possible. Until you are seen by our dentist, 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.
At St. Paul Family Dentistry in St. Paul, Minnesota, Drs. Peter Stanton, Joseph Opack, and David Opack are always ready to help you restore your confident smile!