Do Your Teeth Feel Painful and Sensitive? You Could Have A Cracked Tooth!
Having a cracked tooth can cause anxiety and stress. You might be wondering how your tooth became damaged, what your dentist will recommend and how you can prevent any further damage in the future. At Alabama Family Dentistry, we’ve got a few answers to those vital questions about the tooth pain that’s keeping you awake at night.
How do I know I have a cracked tooth?
Pain will usually accompany a tooth in this condition. You’ll feel discomfort when you chew your food during meals and possibly when your tooth experiences extreme cold or warm temperatures. Depending on your situation, your pain will occur occasionally throughout the day. Your dentist can take x-rays of your tooth and examine it in order to know if your tooth is cracked.
Why does it hurt?
Inside your tooth is a soft tissue called the pulp. This is where your tooth’s nerves and blood vessels reside. Once the outer hard tissues of your tooth are cracked, your chewing motions can cause the pieces to move around and irritate the pulp. This leads to pain and sensitivity to extreme temperatures. A crack that is too advanced can become infected and even spread to your bones and gums that are around your tooth.
How do you treat my tooth?
Depending on your tooth’s condition, the dentist will decide what needs to be done. After careful examination, your dentist might recommend a crown, extraction or root canal and a crown for your tooth. If your tooth is cracked and still displaying painful symptoms after it’s cleaned, you may need a root canal. If your tooth is cracked and comfortable after it’s cleaned showing a medium or small crack, you might need a simple crowning.
How can I prevent this from happening again?
Don’t chew on ice or clench your teeth. If you’re finding you clench or grind your teeth at night, talk to your dentist about wearing protective gear while you sleep. Also wear a mouth guard when you’re playing a sport that requires contact.
Prevention is key when you’re aiming to avoid tooth damage. Talk to your dentist about caring for your teeth and ask questions that you have about caring for your teeth at home. If you think you might have a cracked tooth, contact Alabama Family Dentistry to receive the dental care you deserve.