To get right to the point, can a cracked tooth heal on its own? As more and more people are focused on a natural way of healing, this has become a common question. Unfortunately, though, the answer is no - a cracked tooth will not heal on its own.
So, if you cracked your tooth, it is going to require an office visit for treatment.
What Causes a Cracked Tooth?
A cracked tooth can happen when you least expect it. You may be eating popcorn as you have done your whole life without issue - only to bite down that one time and crack your tooth. Or maybe your tooth is cracked, but you have no idea how it even happened.
While trauma such as an accident, playing sports, or a fight can lead to a cracked tooth due to impact, biting down on something hard is often less about the bite - and more about the wear and tear leading up to it. In other words, a tooth may have tiny cracks or weak spots that you don’t realize. One bite down on the popcorn kernel may be the last straw.
Below are a few of the most common causes of a cracked tooth:
- Bruxism (chronic clenching and grinding of teeth)
- A large filling
- A misaligned bite
- Using your teeth as a tool
- Trauma, such as n accident, sports, or even a fight
Signs and Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth
While you may be able to physically feel if your tooth is cracked, it isn’t always that simple. Sometimes it isn’t even noticeable at all. However, if you are experiencing any of these signs and symptoms, it could be a good indication that you’ve got a cracked tooth.
- Pain or discomfort while chewing or biting food
- Throbbing pain, this is often intermittent
- Swelling and inflammation of the gums
- Sensitivity when consuming foods/beverages that are hot or cold
Any time you notice changes like these, it is important to contact your dentist. Just because you don’t see a crack doesn’t mean it isn’t there. And a crack left untreated can lead to bigger dental issues down the road.
Treatment for a Cracked Tooth
Since a cracked tooth cannot repair itself, seeking treatment is vital when it comes to saving the natural tooth. An endodontist has different types of treatments available that can help to restore the function and integrity of a cracked tooth regardless of the type of crack.
Dental Crowns. Sometimes the crack will weaken the tooth and make it difficult for it to function as it should. With a dental crown, the tooth returns to its full capability. Crowns can last for many years and protect the tooth from further damage.
Dental Bonding. Minor cracks can be cared for using dental bonding. A resin will fill and seal the crack in the tooth's enamel to keep bacteria from entering the tooth. This is a very simple yet effective procedure.
Root Canal Treatment. If a crack reaches the nerve or pulp of a tooth, the tooth will most likely require a root canal to remove the damaged root. The tooth will then be sealed up and capped with a dental crown to restore it.
Treatment for Cracked Teeth at Cragun Endodontics
If you have a cracked tooth or believe you may, it is essential to seek treatment as soon as possible. Time is often of the essence when saving a natural tooth. The team at Cragun Endodontics is highly-skilled at giving you your best chance for a successful outcome.