When you chew, do you feel a sharp pain in your tooth? Do cold and hot foods and drinks make you cringe just thinking about them? If so, you may have a fractured tooth. If untreated, a fractured tooth could become infected and lead to tooth loss, so if you suspect that your tooth is fractured, seek dental assistance immediately. Here to discuss cracked teeth is your Las Vegas dentist, Dr. Deborha Staten. She shares the symptoms, dangers, and treatments for a fractured tooth.
Symptoms of a Fractured Tooth
If you have a fractured tooth, you will likely experience sharp pains when you eat. Because the tooth is cracked, the compression of the tooth during chewing will widen the crack, exposing the inner portion of the tooth, which is filled with nerves, to various stimuli. As the tooth decompresses, the crack with shrink once again, resulting in a sharp pain.
In addition to this pain, fractured teeth are typically sensitive to hot and cold foods as well as overly sweet and sour foods. These stimuli make their way through the crack in the tooth to the nerves in the pulp, resulting in increased sensitivity.
Treating a Fractured Tooth
A fractured tooth may be repaired with dental bonding. Using a composite resin, Dr. Staten may be able to seal the crack in the tooth. However, if the tooth’s pulp has been exposed to bacteria and has become infected, root canal treatment may be necessary. Using various tools, Dr. Staten can remove the infected pulp and fill the tooth to prevent further infection.
Schedule a Visit with Your Las Vegas Dentist
If you suspect that you have a fractured tooth, don’t ignore the pain. A cracked tooth is more vulnerable to infection and could result in tooth loss if left untreated. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Staten.