Healthy teeth are incredibly strong, and the enamel that protects them is the most resilient substance your body produces. Nevertheless, undue pressure or accidental trauma can still wear down or crack a tooth, and when that happens, repairing it is a time-sensitive process. As you continue to bite and chew, the crack will grow worse until you fix it. To stop a tooth crack from growing worse, your dentist will carefully examine the tooth to diagnose the nature and extent of the damage. Then, he’ll work with you to choose the most appropriate custom restoration.
The Nature of Tooth Damage
Your tooth can become damaged for a number of reasons. The nature of your tooth’s crack can help determine how you treat it and prevent it from happening again. For instance, if your tooth cracked because of an issue like bruxism (the constant grinding of your teeth), then treatment will likely involve addressing the condition so that your tooth’s restoration doesn’t become damaged, as well.
Customized Treatment Options
Because tooth cracks can range from mild to severe, treatments can range from cosmetic to complex, depending on your specific needs and preferences. Minor cracks on a tooth’s surface, for example, may be corrected with a minimally invasive cosmetic touchup, such as tooth bonding or a porcelain veneer. More severe damage can require that the tooth be completely restored with a lifelike dental crown, which can be placed over the tooth to hold it together and stop the crack from growing.
Learn More About Saving Your Cracked Tooth
When a tooth cracks, it can grow worse the longer you leave it untreated. To learn more about how to stop it and save your tooth, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.