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What to do About a Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth is a rather common occurrence, but many times they are not noticeable until you feel pain. It is important to get dental care if a tooth causes you any pain. A dentist can do an exam and obtain x-rays to make a proper diagnosis. 

What Causes a Tooth to Crack?

What causes a tooth to crack? People who are involved with contact sports commonly sustain cracked teeth, or fractures, as a result of a traumatic impact. A tooth can also be fractured by biting into something very hard, like candy or nuts. If you grind your teeth a lot, your teeth are more likely to crack as it wears them down and makes them more vulnerable to fractures.

Spotting a Cracked Tooth

Dr. Dominique Lizzio, Dr. John Cerrato, and Dr. George Sheehan all understand that it’s not always easy to identify a cracked tooth. This is because they aren’t always visible to the naked eye. Sometimes they don’t even show up on X-Rays because they’re so small. However, you’ll usually be able to identify a tooth fracture when your teeth are exposed to hot or cold temperatures, or when you experience sudden pain biting into food.

What you should do if you think you Have a Cracked Tooth

When you suspect that you have a tooth fracture, you should immediately schedule an appointment with your Garden City dental team. Once the fracture has been pinpointed and the severity is known, steps can be taken by your Garden City, NY dentist. A severe fracture might require a root canal, otherwise, your tooth might be easily repaired with a crown or by bonding.

Contact us if you have tooth pain, or suspect you may have a cracked or damaged tooth. Early detection can ensure proper treatment. Schedule an exam with us today!

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