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What Happens to Dental Cracks That Do Not Get Checked

Posted on 5/10/2021 by Rho Family Dentistry
Dental cracks are a common health condition generally caused by biting hard food, tooth grinding, and old age. To most people, it is the leading cause of teeth loss. If not checked on time, they may result in severe gum and mouth bone infections.

How to Diagnose a Cracked Tooth

Different people may experience varied cracked tooth symptoms. A visual examination is essential to detect more significant cracks. However, a magnifying lens effectively sees even those hidden in between the teeth. Likewise, dental explorers and dyes simplify the process by making the fissures more visible. To check for tooth inflammation, we will probe a little bit on the gums.

If one feels pain, that is a warning sign for vertical fissures, which irritate the gums. An oral x-ray is excellent for detecting infections in the pulp area. An infected inner tooth is a clear indication of a present crack. Finally, our professions will ask you to bite on something. If you have a cracked tooth, you will most likely experience some pain when releasing the jaw.

What Happens to Untreated Tooth Crack

A crevice on your tooth exposes your inner tooth to bacteria invasion. The earlier you come for an evaluation, the better for your teeth' longevity. When the bacteria find their way to the soft inner tissue, an abscess may develop. The infection may cause pain or remain silent for a long time. Other leading symptoms of cracked tooth infection include swollen gums, fever, sensitivity, bad breath, and sore glands around the neck.

If left untreated, the infection will spread to the blood and bone, resulting in severe implications. However, if you have regular dental checkups, our professionals will detect the cracked tooth early. Depending on the crack's extent, we may opt for a root canal or a tooth crown. For severe cases, a dental implant or bridge is an ideal choice. Contact our offices for quick and successful remedies in saving your tooth.

Jeffrey J. Rho, DDS

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