Can a Cracked Tooth Hurt Your Oral Health?

Cracked teeth come in all shapes and sizes. You may not always notice the crack in your tooth. If you do have a cracked tooth, you may wonder if it will impact your oral health in any way. You will use that information to help you decide what you do about the cracked tooth.

About a Cracked Tooth

There are many different causes of a cracked tooth. It could come from biting down on something hard, trauma to the face, from cavities that weaken the tooth or from an old filling that does not provide support. The reason for the cracked tooth will play a role in whether you notice it or not.

You may or may not feel pain because of a cracked tooth. You may notice something is not right with the tooth when you run your tongue over it. A tooth can become sensitive to heat or cold because of a crack. A cracked tooth is treatable, but it will never completely heal and regain full strength.

How it Affects Your Oral Health

Minor cracks and small cracks do not always require treatment. It is possible that they will not have an immediate impact on your oral health. Over time, it is possible that the crack will grow, and problems can start to arise.

The cracked tooth is weaker than a healthy tooth. You may alter the way you chew food because of the crack or you may try to avoid things that cause pain or discomfort. This can include brushing and flossing around the cracked tooth. If you do these things, it can create more problems not only with the cracked tooth, but also with surrounding teeth. The crack becomes a place for bacteria to grow and that can lead to tooth decay, cavities and gum disease.

If you know you have a cracked tooth, check with our dental professionals to come up with a plan for treatment. It is also important to have regular checkups. During these our dental professionals can check for any problems, including cracked teeth. The sooner you notice the problem, the easier it is to manage.

Contact the dental professionals at our office to help you with all your oral health needs.