Your tooth enamel is very hard and durable. Unfortunately, there are occasions when an accident, hard fall, or a blow to the face can actually cause a crack in one or more of your teeth. This is even more likely if you participate in contact sports with inadequate protective equipment or do not use your mouth guard. Sometimes these situations can have a significant amount of trauma associated with them.
Even if the crack doesn’t expose the internal structures of the tooth you should still have Dr. Stephen A. Maniaci examine it. The damaged enamel makes the tooth prone to future issues with tooth decay. Sometimes the problem can be addressed with a simple filling.
If after the initial trauma subsides you still feel a sharp or persistent pain in the cracked tooth, is usually means the crack runs deep into the dentin, pulp, or root of the tooth. This usually requires Dr. Stephen A. Maniaci to perform a root canal to restore the damaged internal structures and replace the enamel layer with a crown. In an extreme situation the tooth might need to be completely extracted.
If you have cracked or otherwise damaged tooth you should call Dr. Stephen A. Maniaci at 610-678-5858 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.