A cracked tooth might not seem like a big deal and might not even look so bad when you smile. But even minor trauma can have more than a cosmetic impact on your oral health.
Depending on how the tooth cracked, there could be underlying damage, even if you don’t notice any symptoms or side effects.
Accidents happen, and sometimes all it takes to crack a tooth is biting into a sticky piece of candy or other hard food. Sports injuries and accidents are also a common source of dental trauma.
While a cracked tooth might not seem like a problem that warrants a special trip to the dentist, there could be more happening beyond what you can see.
Depending on the size and location of the crack, bacteria can funnel through and reach the pulp, the network of nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissue inside every tooth.
If this is the case, the tooth needs to be treated immediately to keep the healthy tissue from becoming inflamed and to prevent permanent damage.
In cases of moderate to severe trauma where the pulp or gum tissue is damaged, we may recommend a root canal procedure to save the tooth.
You might shudder when you think of a root canal, but the procedure is actually very similar to getting a filling to treat a cavity. We drill a small hole in the tooth to remove the damaged nerve tissue and clean out the bacteria.
Then we seal the tooth with cosmetic bonding or a porcelain veneer, so it looks as good as new.
Not all cracks require a root canal, so if the damage is just cosmetic, we skip that step and just repair your tooth with a veneer or crown.
If your tooth cracks from the impact of a fall, accident, or sports injury, give us a call and we can let you know if you need an appointment. Even if you feel fine and don’t have noticeable symptoms, it’s possible for the tooth to have sustained damage.
Schedule an appointment right away if you have pain, throbbing, numbness, bleeding, or signs of an infection. If you’re not sure, call and speak to someone on our team. We offer emergency dentistry services and can schedule an appointment on short notice when you need it.
For more information about our general and cosmetic dentistry services, contact us today to schedule an appointment with a dentist at our office in the greater Asheville, North Carolina, area.