Too much repeated pressure on a tooth can cause a crack to form in the tooth’s enamel. These things primarily occur due to bad habits, such as grinding your teeth or chewing on your jaw. They can also come about from chewing on solids such as ice, hard candy, or popcorn kernels. If you develop a cracked tooth, there are several treatment options to choose from.
If your tooth has only incurred a minor crack, you can have it repaired by either a dental filling or a dental veneer. Fillings are an affordable and less time-consuming option, that can be applied in one visit. A dental veneer, on the other hand, will be more costly and will require a follow-up visitation for its application. However, the veneer offers more stability for the cracked tooth compared to a filling.
In the case of larger cracks, a dental crown is necessary for repairing the tooth in order to provide structure and strength to it. Sometimes a larger crack can spread down into the pulp of the tooth. The pulp houses soft tissue, such as nerves and blood vessels. A root canal prevents the pulp from becoming infected.
If the crack has severely damaged the tooth, an extraction will be necessary. The tooth can later be replaced by a dental bridge or an implant.
If you’d like to learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Barton Barré, please call Barré Dental Care in Harvey, Louisiana, today.