Many people ignore signs of health issues simply because they do not like going to the doctor or they do not want to disrupt their busy schedules. The same is true when it comes to dental health concerns. Yet, seeking the appropriate attention when an issue arises is important to protect your body, including your teeth.
A cracked tooth is a serious dental concern due to how vulnerable it leaves the entire mouth to infection. Sometimes, a cracked tooth is obvious the second it occurs because there will be intense pain associated with it. This typically leaves dental patients no other option that visiting the dentist right away because the pain is so bad. However, there are other less obvious signs of a cracked tooth that people often overlook or ignore simply because they do not understand the severity of the situation. Below are signs that you have a cracked tooth – none of which should be ignored:
- Intense pain in a tooth or multiple teeth
- Pain while chewing. This is the most commonly associated symptom of a cracked tooth. While biting down on a food, there will be pain or discomfort; yet when the teeth are separated, the pain will disappear. This happens because the crack opens when pressure is put on the tooth, and the crack closes when pressure is taken off the tooth.
- Tooth sensitivity to cold, hot, sweet, and/or sour foods or beverages
- A chipped tooth
- A visible line in a tooth
- Discoloration of a single tooth
A cracked tooth is vulnerable to infection. Bacteria inside the mouth and tiny food particles can easily enter into a crack inside a tooth, causing the tooth to become infected from the inside out. If an infection is not treated in a timely manner it can kill the tooth, and the infection can also begin to spread to neighboring teeth and gums. An infection that is allowed to progress is hard to treat, often requiring invasive dental work. The best way to protect your oral health is to seek your dentist’s attention as soon as any concern occurs.
If you are concerned that you may have a cracked tooth, or you have any other dental concern that needs attention, please contact Brentwood Dental Group today to schedule an appointment. We are here for all of your dental care needs.
Posted on behalf of Brentwood Dental Group