dental examA cracked tooth is a common injury for those who play sports. But there are also several other ways to damage your teeth. It’s important to get a fractured tooth diagnosed so it can be treated. The sooner treatment is sought, the less likely it is for other problems to develop.

Repairing a Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth can be repaired in several ways by your Bernardsville, NJ dentist, depending on the location and severity of the fracture itself. It might be that bonding will be sufficient, or that a crown can be placed over the damaged tooth. In more severe cases, a root canal may be necessary to properly repair the tooth fracture. 

How to identify a tooth fracture

It’s not always easy to identify a cracked tooth, since they are sometimes not visible to the naked eye, and don’t always even show up on X-Rays. However, you’ll generally feel it when you have one because you’ll feel sudden pain when your teeth are exposed to hot or cold temperatures. Or you may sense intense pain when you bite into a hard object like candy or nuts. Tooth fractures very often occur from a traumatic impact such as in an impact while playing sports. It can also occur from a car collision. If you grind your teeth regularly it can make your teeth more susceptible to cracking. A mouthguard can help protect your teeth.

What you should do about a cracked tooth

Whenever you think that you might have a tooth fracture, you should schedule a dental appointment. During an exam at Bernardsville Dental Care, your tooth can be confirmed and repaired. After Dr. James Kellam has examined your teeth, appropriate steps will be taken, and your tooth will be repaired so you can eat and drink foods normally again without pain.

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