A minor crack in your tooth that doesn't hurt isn't something a lot of people even know they have. However, it can pose a risk to your mouth. You need to make sure you are going in to see your dentist every six months like clockwork to ensure that you don't have any cracks in your teeth.
If you leave a crack untreated for a significant period of time, it can leave you with a very high risk of getting an infection in that tooth that could even spread to other parts of your body.
You Never Want to Ignore a Cracked Tooth That You Do Know About
If you ever bit down on something and felt a sharp pain, you may have cracked a tooth. If you haven't been to the dentist since that happened, it is time to call them and schedule a checkup. Cracked teeth can pose a very real and serious threat to the overall health of your mouth.
When you go to chew or bite on food with a cracked tooth, each bit of pressure pushes that crack open just a tiny bit. This means that whatever you are eating or whatever is in your mouth now has the option of sliding into that crack. Not only could this cause a cavity to form, but it could also become infected and cause you to get sick or potentially lose your tooth.
Don't ignore dental cracks. If you know you have one, or even suspect you may have one, go in and get checked out. It is never good to leave it untreated. If the crack is minor, your dentist will tell you so and keep a very close eye on it. However, for larger cracks, you need to have the tooth repaired or possibly even extracted for the overall health of your mouth.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (503) 968-6101 today.