Is a cracked tooth really an urgent concern, or can a dental injury look scarier than it actually is? Our tooth enamel does more than just help us bite through and break down tough foods. The strength of this material limits our risk for injuries that can lead to problems with infection. When your enamel is cracked, you should be worried. Even if the matter seems minor at first, the health of your tooth can worsen if you do not seek treatment in time. Our Rochester, MN dentist’s office is here to help you when you need to have a tooth restored. When possible, we can recommend minimally invasive cosmetic dental work. However, when the matter is more serious, we may need to put a dental crown on the tooth.
Why You Should Not Ignore Your Cracked Tooth
If you ignore a crack in your tooth, you may find yourself in need of urgent treatment because a problem developed and worsened in time. A crack can become a gathering space for bacteria, and it can also affect your tooth’s ability to absorb biting and chewing pressure. Because a problem can worsen in time, you may not feel that your tooth is in jeopardy…at first. However, over time you can start to suffer from the symptoms of infection, or you can experience more physical damage to a tooth after trying to bite down!
Arranging Treatment With A Dental Crown
Our practice uses technology to produce same-day dental crowns for our patients that can imitate their healthy, natural teeth. These crowns, made with CEREC technology, are constructed with a ceramic material that effectively mimics the appearance of tooth enamel and still provides impressive functional support. A dental crown is needed when a tooth’s health is compromised by injury, or when a cavity that is too severe for a dental filling has formed. It may be necessary to restore your tooth through root canal therapy before we place your crown.
Can Cosmetic Treatment Restore A Cracked Tooth?
In some cases, it is possible to proceed with cosmetic dentistry when we help a patient with a cracked tooth. With that said, your dentist will have to closely evaluate the tooth to make sure this is an appropriate treatment option. A tooth bonding treatment can discreetly cover up damage with a resin material that matches your healthy tooth structure. This approach can be completed in as little as one appointment, and no restoration will be needed to cover the tooth.
Talk To Your Rochester, MN Dentist About Treatment For A Cracked Tooth
Calcagno Cosmetic And Family Dentistry is ready to help patients deal with problems after a dental injury! To find out more about our services, please contact our dentist’s office in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.