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How Is a Cracked Tooth Treated?
A cracked tooth means a crack extends from the chewing surface of your tooth vertically toward the root. The tooth is not yet separated into pieces, though the crack may gradually spread. Early diagnosis is important in order to save the tooth. If the crack has extended into the pulp, the tooth can be treated with a root canal procedure and a crown to protect the crack from spreading. A cracked tooth that is not treated will progressively worsen. If the crack extends below the gum line, it is no longer treatable, and the tooth will need to be extracted. That’s why early treatment is so important.
What Can I Do to Prevent My Teeth from Cracking?
While cracked teeth are not completely preventable, you can take some steps to make your teeth less susceptible to cracks:
- Don't chew on hard objects such as ice, unpopped popcorn kernels or pens.
- Don't clench or grind your teeth.
- If you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep, talk to your dentist about getting a retainer or other mouthguard to protect your teeth.
- Wear a mouthguard or protective mask when playing contact sports.
If you think you have a cracked tooth, contact Lifetime Smiles Dental - Oak Park at 708-383-0500 without delay. Early treatment can save your tooth.