A Cracked Tooth: 3 Things To Keep In Mind

There are some things we think you should know when it comes to your smile, particularly when it comes to experiencing a cracked tooth. The bad news is that sometimes it happens even if you’re careful. The great news, however, is that you can usually make efforts to prevent it. Now, in the unfortunate case that you do crack a tooth, there’s still some good news: We can rescue your smile should this occur. Let’s work our way through the details, so you can stop worrying and start protecting that smile of yours.

#1: True Cracks Require Serious Care

If you are certain that you have just cracked the structure of your tooth, then you need to hop on the phone and call us immediately. You need serious care (don’t worry, we can probably fix the issue with a dental crown) and you need it now. Otherwise, the damage can become worse and you can even find yourself with a tooth that becomes infected.

#2: Craze Lines Are No Big Deal

If you aren’t sure what’s going on with your tooth because you’re pretty sure you see a crack but it also seems like your tooth is in one piece, this is probably the result of a tooth that has cracked enamel. However, you don’t have a truly cracked tooth. What do we call this? It’s a craze line. Unless you want it to look better (we can do this for you with cosmetic dentistry) then you can completely ignore it.

#3: You Can Avoid Cracks (Usually)

Don’t want any kind of cracks? Do the following:

  • Only use teeth for chewing and talking
  • Don’t use teeth as tools
  • Don’t eat stuff that’s way too resistant for your teeth
  • Keep teeth healthy

Learn More About Cracked Teeth During A Visit

Remember that by coming in for care, you can learn all about preventing and treating a cracked tooth, so you feel informed, while your smile remains protected. To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.