How do I spot a cracked tooth?
If you have a crack in your tooth, you'll most likely experience discomfort when eating, as well as sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. A tooth can crack in a number of ways, whether it’s in one straight crack, multiple smaller cracks across the surface of your tooth, or a crack that completely divides your tooth in two.
Types Of Cracked Tooth
What should I do?
If you think you might have a cracked tooth, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. The longer you leave it, the more likely it is to get worse, and you could even end up with damage to the tooth's nerve, or even losing a tooth.
How is it treated?
Your dentist will discuss the best course of treatment with you, but there are several ways a cracked tooth can be repaired, depending on the type of damage. The different methods include filling the gap caused by the crack or fitting a crown, or veneer depending on how much of your tooth is still intact.
Help to prevent cracks
While there are numerous options for fixing a cracked tooth, it's best to take action to prevent this from happening in the first place. Consider investing in a mouth guard, particularly if you play sports that might be a risk to your teeth. Ask your dentist for more information on protecting your teeth while playing sports.
Crowns cover, support and bolster your broken, chipped or damaged teeth, giving the appearance and benefit of a strong and healthy tooth. It can be excruciatingly painful to have a tooth with a crack or other damage to it. Damaged teeth can also have a confidence destroying appearance. A double whammy of pain and embarrassment.
It doesn’t have to be that way. A dental crown can remedy both of the problems, giving a natural appearance of a healthy tooth and strong durable protection to the nerve endings that are currently suffering at even a hint of temperature variation.
In days gone by poor fitting, cheap crowns have caused patients a range of issues. Everything from irritability to actually causing gingivitis and gum disease.
At Northmed Dental we do not use cheap materials and we certainly do not use cost-cutting and time-saving techniques when it comes to your dental work.
The crowns that we fit should last you thirty years if you look after them properly. Once fitted, you will have a sturdy, natural feeling and reliable tooth. It will sit in the natural alignment of your other teeth and feel just like one of your own. This is because they are crafted to your unique specifications and measurements.
Types of dental crowns
All Resin – These are normally used for temporary coverage. However they do not last long like other types of crowns because they are not very fracture resistant.
All Metal – This includes gold alloy and other base metal alloys. Metal crowns are the toughest. They rarely break or chip and can resist daily wear and tear. The only disadvantage is that they look like metal and not a natural tooth.
Ceramic fused to Metal – They merge the strength of the metal along with the aesthetics of porcelain. Although the porcelain is somewhat more prone to chipping, they are still tough. They are the most commonly used crowns now.
All Ceramic – These crowns are best aesthetically and have the advantage of being ‘metal free’. This is a big advantage even for subsequent scan in the face and head region since it does not produce ‘scatter’ during CT scans.