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If you have a cracked tooth, you may not think it’s an emergency. However, the longer you wait, the more difficult it can be to fix.

What begins as a small crack — like a chip in a windshield — can spread and get much worse. So, in the best interest of your smile and comfort, we encourage you to schedule a stress-free appointment with us as soon as possible.

In this blog, we’ll tell you more about cracked teeth and ways to restore tooth decay…

What causes cracked teeth?

Teeth are protected by a hard outer layer — enamel. Think of enamel as a personal bodyguard for every one of your teeth. Unfortunately, environmental factors and diet can weaken the enamel and make the tooth prone to decay, chipping, and cracking. Over time, with wear and tear, teeth with larger fillings in them can also develop cracks.

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  • When cracks get worse…

    Small cracks may not have any symptoms but all. But eventually, you may experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods/drinks (ouch!) and feel pain when biting down.

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How can you prevent cracks?

  • Brush twice daily and floss once a day to protect against cavities.

  • Fluoride can help restore enamel weakened by acidic foods and bacteria, thereby making enamel more resistant to fractures. It’s found in toothpastes, mouthwashes, and in the tap water of many municipalities, including ours.

  • Don’t put your teeth under undue stress, which means avoid biting your nails or using your teeth as tools to open packages, and don’t chew ice.

  • Wear a nightguard if you grind or clench your teeth in your sleep. We can make one right here at the practice that is customized for your unique smile.

  • Come for regular dental exams for us to check if cracks are starting. If they are, we can monitor them or act quickly, depending on their extent.

Regular dental checkups are a must to identify problems early on so they can be treated before they progress into something more serious. At Longworth Dental, we will examine the affected tooth and take an x-ray to determine the extent of the crack. If caught early, we can place a crown to protect the tooth, like a helmet would. If the crack is deep, other options will be considered, such as replacing the tooth with an implant.

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We can help! Our Bowmanville dental team is just a phone call away. We’d be pleased to meet with you and help you prevent any further damage to your smile. In most cases, the earlier you catch damage, the easier (and less costly) treatment will be!

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