A lot of habits and situations in life can result in cracked teeth. Traumatic events like being punched in the jaw or routine habits such as grinding your teeth have been known causes of cracked teeth. Whether you have cracked your teeth from falling off your bike or chewing on too many popcorn kernels, we know you value your teeth and that’s why we have several options to repair them.
Small cracks typically are repaired by dental fillings or dental veneers. Most often, a filling is the preferred treatment as the material can easily be applied during one visit. Dental veneers will require more time, as a follow-up visit is necessary. Veneers are more costly but will provide a cracked tooth with more stability.
If a tooth has a larger crack, it can be repaired with a dental crown treatment. The dental crown will restore stability and strength to the affected tooth. If the crack has affected the pulp of the tooth, a root canal will be needed. The pulp contains material like nerve endings and blood vessels that are infection-prone and a root canal will help prevent the infection from happening.
Sometimes a cracked tooth can become so damaged that no treatment will be effective. If that’s the case, you can replace the tooth with a dental bridge or implant after its extraction.
If you have any questions or are looking to set up an appointment, please call Dr. Brough Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Layton, Utah, today.