This patient chipped his front tooth when he was bumped into while drinking at a restaurant. The glass he was drinking from knocked into his tooth, fracturing off the corner. I repaired it in 15 minutes with a cosmetic composite bonded restoration.
If when you bite down, you feel a sharp pain you may have a cracked tooth. A tooth crack may have been caused by:
- Chewing on a hard object or food such as ice, nuts, candy, or popcorn.
- An accident, like a blow to the mouth.
- Grinding or clenching your teeth.
- Weak tooth caused by wear or large old fillings, or root canal.
If you feel pain when you bite down on a tooth please let Dr. Gentry know and he will evaluate the tooth and discuss the best treatment protocol for you. If treated early, the cracked tooth possibly can be treated with a bonded filling or a crown. If the crack is deeper the tooth may require a root canal or even extraction.
If the crack is deep or extends down the root, the tooth may need to be extracted.