Hearing the term “having a cracked tooth” sounds as though it would be an obvious issue. However, there are many times in which a cracked tooth is overlooked or ignored. It is not uncommon for dental patients to visit the dentist for a regular cleaning and checkup only to learn that they have a cracked tooth that they did not even know about. A cracked tooth is a serious dental concern that needs to be addressed sooner than later so that it does not cause severe consequences to your oral health.
Cracking a tooth is easier to do than most people realize, even though tooth enamel is the hardest substance within the human body. Bad habits, improper oral hygiene, trauma, and not taking necessary precautions can all lead to a cracked or damaged tooth. Biting the fingernails and chewing on ice and/or hard candies are bad habits that need to be avoided. When pressure is put on the teeth in these circumstances, a crack can easily occur to the front or back teeth. Neglecting your oral hygiene habits leaves the teeth weakened and makes them susceptible to cracking. Blunt force trauma to the face during an accident or recreational sporting event can easily cause a cracked tooth. It is important that proper mouth guards and helps are worn during any sport in order to protect the mouth from injury. While these are often obvious occurrences of damage to the teeth, there are other times when people are unaware that a cracked tooth has occurred.
Do not ignore these signs:
- Pain or discomfort inside your mouth. Tooth pain is always an indicator that something is wrong. A cracked tooth commonly causes a sharp pain when chewing or when exposed to temperature changes.
- A visible line in a single tooth
- Discoloration of a single tooth
- A chipped tooth
- Transparency within a tooth
If you notice any of these signs of a cracked tooth or you have any other dental concerns, please contact South Texas Dental. We are here to provide our patients with excellent dental services. Please do not put off making the call, as waiting will only make your issue worse.
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