Dr. Bard Levey and the dental health care professionals at Levey Dentistry treat their patients by offering a variety of dental health care services near Montrose, NY. If you have recently cracked a tooth, whether because of an olive pit or an overhand pitch, Dr. Bard Levey can help restore the tooth to its original condition and function.
What should I do when I crack a tooth?
A tooth may crack because of a traumatic injury or because it is weak or decayed. A patient’s first step when they crack a tooth should be to see a dentist. Until being seen by a dentist, pack the tooth with gauze to help control any bleeding. Avoid exposing the cracked tooth to anything hot or cold as that may irritate an exposed nerve.
How do I know my tooth is cracked?
If the cause of a cracked tooth is not obvious, the tooth may have cracked due to decay, unusual wear, or from a patient grinding their teeth in their sleep. A cracked tooth may be:
- Sensitive to hot or cold substances
- Inefficient or ineffective when eating hard or tough foods
- Painful while chewing
Can my tooth be fixed?
A cracked tooth can be treated in a variety of ways. It depends on the cause of the crack, the manner of the crack, and if the tooth’s pulp or root is exposed. Not every cracked tooth will be repairable by the same method, but some treatment options include:
- Fillings: Resin fillings are made from a tooth-colored plastic material that will fill the crack and restore the integrity of the tooth.
- Crowns: A cover placed over an affected tooth that is used to restore the tooth’s shape, strength, and appearance.
- Bridges: A row of artificial teeth fitted to the wearer’s existing teeth to span any gaps created by missing natural teeth.
- Implants: The affected tooth is removed and a socket is secured to the jaw in its place. A small post made of metal is then placed into the socket and a crown is then fashioned to replace the visible and functional surface of the tooth.
- Dentures: These replacements for missing teeth and their surrounding tissues are made of acrylic resin (sometimes combined with metal attachments). Dentures may replace all or some missing teeth.
How can I prevent my teeth from cracking?
Avoid hard foods that can cause teeth to crack (ice, nuts, candy). Malocclusions and other dental issues should be treated by an experienced dentist. Conscientious oral health care habits can help prevent teeth from cracking due to decay or gum disease. It is important to:
- Brush. Brush your teeth after each meal and before bedtime, or at least twice a day. Brush your teeth in a circular motion to reach the front, back, and side surfaces of each tooth, and don’t forget to brush along the gumline.
- Floss. Floss at least once every day to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Flossing removes built up food debris and plaque from between your teeth and your gums. Healthy gums provide your teeth with the foundation they need to remain strong.
- Rinse. Rinse with water at the end of the brushing session. Even if you haven’t brushed, swish some water around your mouth and through your teeth. Swallow and brush as soon after as you are able.
Healthy teeth, healthy body.
The foods we eat affect our overall health, and that means on our oral health as well. Fruits, veggies, the calcium in milk, and even the water we drink nurture and strengthen teeth. A poor diet can result in poor oral health. Be mindful that these two areas of your health care are intimately related. And always remember to rinse out your mouth after every meal!
Dr. Bard Levey and the team at Levey Dentistry near Montrose, NY help their patients keep their teeth healthy, happy, and intact. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, call: 914.271.6224