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Could You Have Cracked Teeth?
Posted on 3/6/2023 by Dr. Michael Allard
Most people don't know that they have cracked teeth until they go in for their annual teeth cleaning. It is a serious problem that shouldn't be left untreated since it could result in expensive dental surgery further down the line. If you don't want to be surprised that you have cracked teeth, you should learn the signs to identify them and schedule an appointment with your endodontist.
One of the most common signs that you have a cracked tooth is pain or discomfort when you chew food. Even if you can't see the cracked tooth, you shouldn't take this problem lightly because sometimes there is no pain attached to this condition. Many people experience no pain in their teeth, but you can notice a cracked tooth if there is discoloration in a tooth or a dark line going across the tooth.
How A Dentist Restores Cracked Teeth
When you notice a cracked tooth, you should schedule an endodontist appointment, who will restore it with a crown, filling, or a veneer. In extreme cases, a cracked tooth may also require root canal treatment, and if the tooth has split, it will need to be extracted from the root. You may improve your chances of saving your tooth if you notice the crack as soon as possible.
You don't want to have cracked teeth remain unattended for long periods because it's a serious dental complication that may require surgery. Therefore, you should watch out for signs that you may have a cracked tooth and don't miss your regular dental checkups. In most instances, you can suffer a cracked tooth when you bite down on hard foods.
If you want to learn more about cracked teeth and their treatment, get in touch with Arrowhead Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery to schedule an appointment by calling at (623) 738-2564 today.