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What to Worry About When Your Tooth Cracks

In most cases, the discomfort from a cracked tooth is the most immediate concern. Depending on the level of discomfort, you may not be able to go about your daily business. However, the pain is only a warning sign; the biggest worry about cracked teeth is what the damage can do to them and the rest of your oral health. When restoring your tooth, your dentist will ensure that the risks the damage poses to your smile are fully addressed so you can enjoy a healthy, fully functional smile again.

The Damage Outside
The biggest concern is the crack itself. When your tooth’s structure is damaged, it can’t heal. Therefore, restoring the cracked structure is vital to preventing it from growing worse and potentially costing you the tooth. For many patients, a dental crown is the best option. By capping your tooth, the crown holds it together and takes the brunt of your bite pressure to stop the crack from spreading. Most crowns are also crafted from highly lifelike porcelain to give your tooth a more lifelike and attractive appearance.

The Dangers Inside
Depending on the extent of the crack in your tooth, it may expose the internal pulp chamber that houses the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels. If a crown is placed over it, then the restoration might trap harmful bacteria inside of the pulp, leading to a severe and progressive internal infection. Before placing the crown, your dentist might suggest root canal therapy to remove the infected tissues and any lingering oral bacteria.

Schedule an Appointment to Restore Your Cracked Tooth
When your tooth cracks, restoring it means protecting its inside as well as its outside structure. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Oxnard Dentistry in Oxnard, CA, today at (805) 604-9999. We also proudly serve patients from in and around Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Moore Park, and all surrounding communities.

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