Don't Ignore Chipped Teeth - Save Your Smile with Our Family Dentist in West Hartford
A chipped or cracked tooth can occur for a variety of reasons. This can be due to cavities, biting down on something too hard, injury, poor oral hygiene, or even due to grinding teeth while sleeping. A chipped tooth may only cause you pain if it meets the gumline or goes to the root of the tooth. This is because your gums contain nerves that are highly sensitive to injury.
If a chipped tooth reaches the gumline, it will need to be addressed right away before it can lead to a more serious infection. Any damage to your nerves can cause extreme tooth sensitivity or severe pain.If a tooth is only chipped on the surface and leaves no sharp edges, it is possible that you may be able to leave it alone.
You may also experience a chip on the pointed chewing surface of back teeth, often referred to as a broken cusp. A chipped tooth regardless of capacity likely warrants a trip to our dental office, so be sure to call your family dentist in West Hartford just to be safe.
There are a few ways to treat a chipped tooth, depending on the level of damage. With a small chip, Dr. Haims may smooth and polish the chipped tooth. With a medium chip, he'll place a filling, crown, or cap over the tooth. This will restore the tooth to its normal appearance and will protect the inner layers of the teeth from irritation and infection. A large chipped tooth will be treated with a root canal to remove the damage, in addition to adding a crown or cap to replace the chipped tooth.
If you’re unable to see our family dentist in West Hartford right away, there are some steps you should follow to care for the chipped tooth. Be sure to rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. After rinsing, use a piece of gauze to apply pressure to the area to stop any bleeding. Then cover the tooth with dental cement to protect it. Dental cement is available for purchase at most drugstores. Once you’ve seen Dr. Haims and your chipped tooth has been treated, it’s important to maintain an oral routine. Brush twice a day and floss daily to ensure your teeth are in the best health. Also, make sure you’re visiting Haims Dental every six months.
When it comes to a cracked tooth, there are also different levels and different treatments. A simple cracked tooth is also known as “craze lines.” In many cases, this type of crack won’t need to be treated, but it’s still suggested to see Dr. Haims. We'll polish the tooth to smooth rough spots and improve the tooth’s appearance. With a serious cracked tooth, the fracture could extend from the chewing surface up to the tooth root. This can result in the cracked tooth going through the outer layers of tooth enamel and dentin, which exposes the tooth pulp. This can cause the tooth to become loose and bleeding of the gums.
A split tooth is a more serious crack where it has split vertically. If this occurs in one of your molars, our family dentist in West Hartford can salvage one of the tooth roots, but if it’s too damaged, the tooth may need to be removed and replaced. A split root cracked tooth is painful and can cause inflammation and infection at the tooth root. Tooth extraction is the only way to treat the crack.
Cracked tooth syndrome starts with the development of cracks in the teeth that are too small to appear on a dental x-ray. The cracks can occur from chronic teeth grinding (bruxism) or from tooth or jaw alignment that puts a disproportionate amount of pressure on a certain tooth or teeth. This causes pain when you bite down on a cracked or fractured tooth.
Cracked teeth syndrome usually makes the molars or back teeth hurt because they do most of the work of chewing. If you have cracked tooth syndrome, you may only notice that your teeth hurt when you bite down in a certain way. Your molars may experience pain because they do most of the chewing. Dr. Haims will use special tools to assess your teeth for cracks. If a crack is detected, he will treat the tooth with a crown if it’s a mild instance. If it’s more serious where the tooth crack has impacted the tooth pulp, it will be treated with a root canal. If the tooth crack penetrates down to the jaw, the tooth will need to be removed.
If you have any questions regarding your chipped teeth, call our office at (860) 521-6767 and schedule an appointment with our West Hartford family dentist!