You start to feel that twinge of sensitivity as you're enjoying your first bite of ice cream. You felt this last week too, but it went away quickly. The next thing you know your little twinge is not going away, instead it's keeping you up at night! You may be suffering from a cracked tooth and your dentist in Lafayette can help.
What is Cracked Tooth Syndrome?
Your tooth can become fractured or cracked from a number of different sources such as:
- Chewing or biting hard foods, candy, or ice
- A broken down old dental filling or crown
- Trauma, an accident, or injury to your tooth
Cracked tooth syndrome is tricky because it's often hard to detect. You may be experiencing symptoms such as sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks, yet you might not see the crack in your tooth. Just like a car windshield, a small crack can often spread quickly leaving further damage in its wake.
How is Cracked Tooth Syndrome Detected?
Your dentist can detect it through an examination or x-rays and is your first line of defense when you have a cracked tooth. Early detection may offer you the opportunity to treat your tooth with a less invasive procedure such as a dental filling. This is why it's important to visit your dentist consistently for check-ups. Every six months is the standard recommendation for healthy patients.
How is Your Cracked Tooth Treated?
Early detection will allow you to treat your tooth with a dental filling or crown. A filling will repair a hole or fracture, while a crown is designed to fit over your entire tooth structure for larger repairs. If your fracture progresses, it could lead to an infection, which would require root canal therapy to preserve your tooth. It's always best to be proactive about treating your tooth as soon as possible.
If you suspect your tooth may be cracked or your restoration is broken down, contact Drs. Smith and Domingue to schedule your appointment and determine the best course of action for your tooth.