Your tooth enamel is made up of a densely packed microscopic mineral crystals that give your teeth the strength and durability to bite, chew, and grind foods. While your teeth are very hard, there are rare instances when a fall or blow to the face can crack a tooth. This is even more likely if you have a bad habit of nibbling on foreign objects like pencils and pens.
If you feel a sharp or persistent pain in the tooth after the initial trauma has subsided, or you experience severe sensitivity issues, it likely means the crack penetrates through the enamel layer to the sensitive interior or the tooth.
If the crack has damaged the interior of the tooth, a root canal might need to be performed. In an extreme situation the cracked tooth might need to be extracted and restored at a later date.
Even if you don’t experience any pain, the cracked tooth could still pose additional problems with tooth decay and tooth sensitivity in the future. Regardless, any cracked tooth needs to be seen by Dr. Charles Peter right away. If the crack in the tooth is limited to the enamel layer, he might simply be able to repair it with a basic filling.
If you have cracked tooth you need to call Charles A. Peter, DMD, PL immediately at 727-785-7202 to assess the situation and schedule an appointment.