Problems You Could Face by Ignoring a Broken Tooth
Posted on 9/6/2021 by David Mugford
A cracked tooth can lead to serious issues in the mouth, and cracks or breaks in the teeth should be taken seriously. The teeth are covered in enamel, which is the hard protective layer that is important to take care of. Underneath the enamel is dentin which is a lot softer, and under that is the core of the “pulp” of the tooth, which contains sensitive nerves.
Dangers of a Cracked Tooth
If the tooth is cracked as far as the pulp, it can be extremely uncomfortable and may require immediate care. This means that nerves in your tooth are exposed, and if left untreated, the crack can widen or get deeper. A broken tooth in the mouth is also dangerous because it can cut the sides of the mouth, tongue, and other areas. Furthermore, the tooth can also become infected, which can lead to more serious concerns such as gum disease or ever the total loss of the tooth. Small cracks may not seem serious and sometimes may not affect the appearance of the tooth depending on where the crack or break is, and the appearance tends to be most people's main concern. However, even if the crack or break is not causing any pain, it can still lead to some serious problems in the mouth.
If you've cracked or broken a tooth, it is essential to keep the tooth as clean as possible until you can get to our office for the appropriate treatment and care. You can take preventative measures to make sure that you are less likely to crack or break your teeth. Maintaining oral hygiene is crucial in keeping your teeth strong and healthy. If you have questions about what to do regarding a crack or break or would like to seek treatment, please call our office so our periodontists can help.