Cracked Tooth

Hyun S. Bang, DDS

General Dentistry located in Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA

It’s easy to convince yourself not to get a cracked tooth fixed, especially if you can’t see the crack when you smile. The expert team at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, in San Francisco can fix your cracked tooth and help you avoid further damage or even tooth loss. If you think one of your teeth may be cracked, call Hyun S. Bang, DDS, immediately or book the next available appointment online.

Cracked Tooth Q & A

How did I get a cracked tooth?

Even though your teeth are generally strong and can withstand a fair amount of force, they can crack in many ways. Your tooth may have cracked because of:

  • An accidental injury
  • Biting down too hard on food or an object
  • Grinding your teeth
  • A large filling
  • A sudden, extreme change in temperature

If you distinctly remember cracking your tooth, you should schedule a visit at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, as soon as you can.

What are the symptoms of a cracked tooth?

Some cracks aren’t visible on your teeth when you smile, but there are other symptoms to watch out for beyond the obvious appearance of a crack or line. With a cracked tooth you might notice:

  • Pain
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Sensitivity to sweet foods
  • Inflamed gums
  • Discomfort

You might experience more symptoms, like bad breath or neck pain, if your cracked tooth leads to an infection. Since many of these symptoms are associated with other dental complications, your cracked tooth needs to be diagnosed by your dentist before you proceed with treatment.

How can I fix my cracked tooth?

If the crack is tiny enough and you aren’t uncomfortable, your dentist may decide you don’t need treatment at all. If the crack is deep and causes pain, you need to fix it with dental gluing or bonding.

With extensive tooth damage, your dentist might decide you need a crown to cover it and protect it from further damage. If the crack was deep enough to reach the pulp inside your tooth, you might need a root canal or a full tooth extraction.

What happens if I don’t fix my cracked tooth?

If the crack in your tooth is deep and you don’t get it fixed, other complications could arise. If the tooth becomes infected, you need additional treatments to keep your mouth healthy.

For instance, your provider at Hyun S. Bang, DDS, may need to drain pus from the tooth or give you antibiotics to calm the infection. If you don’t treat an infected, cracked tooth, the infection can spread to the bone and gums.

A cracked tooth has the potential to cause issues with your mouth’s structure and health. To avoid further complications, call Hyun S. Bang, DDS, or book your appointment online to have your tooth examined.