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Dangers of Leaving Dental Cracks Alone

Posted on 6/13/2018 by Downtown Dental Care Office
Dental Cracks Downtown Dental Care OR 97205If you have a cracked tooth, you should get it checked out as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage to the piece.

Believe it or not, our dentist can fix many types of cracks, no matter how bad they look. If you cannot get to the office right away, here is some information on the dangers of leaving dental cracks alone.

One of the main problems with a dental crack is that it can cause an infection that could spread to other areas of your mouth and body. If we don't treat the infection, you can end up with an abscess which can result in the destruction of the bone around the tooth. Not only that, but you will be swallowing all that bacteria.

If the tooth is still attached to the root and nerves, our dentist will do everything possible to save it. However, there are sometimes when saving a tooth is not possible.

What If I Don't Take Care of a Dental Crack?

The most obvious problem of not taking care of a dental crack is that it will get bigger. Most cracks are repairable and with luck you can be on your way home in no time and with minimal discomfort.

How is a Dental Crack Fixed?

A dental crack is fixed with a filling or bonding. Depending on the severity of the crack our dentist may use a filling. When the crack happens to one of your front teeth, they will use bonding - a tooth-colored composite resin.

Can a Dental Crack Heal on its Own?

A dental crack needs professional attention and shouldn't be left alone because chewing can cause pain and more damage to the tooth with the movement. Eventually the pulp will be damaged and it will not be able to heal itself.

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