Your teeth are very strong, but they can still become cracked or even broken. It can be scary when you first notice the damage, but repair is possible. At Maple Ridge Endodontics, your endodontist in Spanish Fork, Utah, we can restore your smile. Here are five procedures used to repair a tooth. The treatment used for you will depend on how badly your tooth was damaged.
Teeth enamel is the strongest tissue in the body, and it is meant to protect the teeth. Most of the time, it does its job. However, things such as chewing ice, playing sports without a mouth guard, or falling down on concrete can all result in a cracked or broken tooth. Additionally, teeth can be weakened by tooth decay and cavities, making them more susceptible to damage. Certain foods can also be particularly damaging. The top nine, according to the American Dental Association, are hard candy, ice, citrus, coffee, dried fruit, potato chips, soda, alcohol, and sports drinks.
Teeth can crack in several ways. Small cracks are known as craze lines and occur more often in adults. When a piece of the chewing surface or edge of the tooth breaks off, it is called a fractured cusp. A tooth can also crack (extending from the chewing surface toward the root) or split (a result of a long-term cracked tooth). If a crack begins in the root of the tooth and extends all the way towards the chewing surface, it is called a vertical root fracture.
If you have suffered a cracked or broken tooth, it is important to receive treatment as soon as possible to prevent the problem from worsening and to avoid further damage and more extensive treatment. Contact us at Maple Ridge Endodontics in Spanish Fork, Utah to schedule an appointment. We want to help restore your beautiful, functional smile.