If you have a bad habit of chewing on medications or biting down on ice and hard candies, you could be at increased risk of suffering a fractured tooth. In some of these instances the force applied tooth can cause a crack in its enamel layer.
A problem like this is more likely to occur on one of the molars or premolars at the back of the mouth. However, any tooth could be susceptible to a crack of dental fracture.
The depth and severity of a problem like this can vary. Some people with a cracked tooth will barely notice a visual or textural change, yet the tooth may be increasingly sensitive when chewing or drinking a cold beverage.
If you have a noticeably cracked or otherwise distressed tooth, you need to seek timely professional treatment from a dentist like Dr. Carey Norton. Even if the discomfort seems minimal at first the cracked tooth enamel could be increasingly susceptible to a more severe fracture or invasive tooth decay.
In a case where the damage severely compromises the tooth’s natural enamel layer, our dentist might recommend a dental crown restoration. A treatment plan like this is essentially designed to clear away the entire tooth enamel layer before replacing it with another durable material.
If you have a cracked or otherwise distressed tooth and you are in the Dacula, Georgia, area you should call 770-995-1600 to seek timely treatment at Dacula Family Dentistry.