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Should You Always Fix a Cracked Tooth?


Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
A close up rendering of a chipped toothHaving a cracked tooth can be harmful to your oral health. There are several causes of cracked teeth. For instance, it could be as a result of biting into hard substances or getting involved in an accident. Either way, you need to fix the cracked tooth immediately. This is because it could result in oral conditions that can worsen the condition. Knowing some of the risks associated with a cracked tooth will help you understand the importance of seeking treatment immediately.

Could Damage Your Tongue


When a tooth is cracked, it has pointed edges that could easily cut your tongue. Even though this is the least severe consequence, it can affect your oral health. In most cases, a tooth cracks unevenly, leaving the area sharp and jagged. When your tongue brushes on such a surface when eating, chances of damage are high. Deep cuts on your tongue can be very uncomfortable and, in some cases, extremely painful. When there is a wound on the tongue, chances are an infection will develop and spread to your teeth. Either way, you will be dealing with an oral infection that could lead to further damage.

Tooth Sensitivity


You will also experience tooth sensitivity when your tooth is cracked. This happens because the tough outer layer of your tooth is damaged. The layer, commonly referred to as the enamel, plays a crucial role in preventing bacterial intrusion. It also prevents the alteration of underlying nerves and dentin. However, dentin and nerves are exposed when a tooth is cracked. As a result, you will experience tooth sensitivity when your mouth is exposed to hot or cold temperatures. The underlying dentin is extremely sensitive to temperature, meaning you will also experience pain when drinking cold beverages. This can affect your eating habits significantly.

Oral Infections


The chances of developing oral infections are also high with a cracked tooth. Now that the protective enamel is damaged, bacteria can easily enter the pulp and cause infections. You can develop conditions like tooth decay and cavities as a result.

Schedule a consultation with us for more information on the importance of fixing a cracked tooth. Our professionals will attend to your needs with utmost care.

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Raleigh, NC 27615

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1101 Great Falls Ct, Ste 102
Knightdale, NC 27545

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