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.
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.
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