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A Cracked Tooth Could Lead To Bigger Problems

April 1, 2017

This day did not go how you had planned. You had a day to lounge around at home and binge watch your favorite TV show. You even planned your snacking for the day.

That that came to an abrupt end halfway through the second show of your “marathon.”

When you tossed back a handful of popcorn you bit down — hard — and instead of savoring the flavor, you winced in pain. What just happened?

You ran to the bathroom and spit out an unpopped kernel in the sink. You then looked in the mirror. You didn’t appear to be bleeding by, boy oh boy, did that hurt.

You could take a few ibuprofen and get back to your show, but that could set you up for a bigger problem. You may have a cracked tooth.

Just in case, we encourage you to contact our dentist office in Chicago. Call 773-245-2779 or fill out our online form to make an appointment. Let Dr. Michael Griffin take a look at your tooth here at Northalsted Dental Spa.


A Cracked Tooth May Just Be The Start Of Your Problem

Even if you can’t see it, a crack in your tooth is not something to ignore. That crack is now a weak point, and that is a problem in and of itself.

In may not affect you at first. You may be able to continue eating for short time before you bite into something else that causes the crack to get bigger. As the crack grows, you may find it more difficult and more painful to get through a meal.

As the crack gets deeper, your tooth will continue to get weaker. You also may be exposing the pulp, a soft connective tissue, at the center of your tooth. This can lead to increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks as well as sweets.

That crack also serves as an opening for bacteria to get inside your tooth. And if bacteria gets into those softer inner layers, you could have a tooth infection before you know it.

When bacteria reaches the pulp, it can become inflamed. This can put pressure on the nerves and the blood vessels inside your tooth as well.

That can let to a toothache, to spikes in pain when you try to bite or chew, or a combination of both problems.


What To Do If Your Tooth Is Infected

Our hope is that you will visit Northalsted Dental Spa before the pain become unbearable, but many times it is pain that prompts people to seek help.

With an infected tooth, the first option is often a root canal treatment. This procedure is a common part of our restorative dentistry.

Before you get worried, we want you to know that root canals have a bad and undeserved reputation. In modern dentistry, we can perform a root canal with little or no pain whatsoever. You could even compare it to getting a large dental filling.

At our Chicago dentist office, we want you to have the most comfortable dental visit that we can provide. You may notice you feel more relaxed with our calming music and aromatherapy candles. We call ourselves a dental spa for a reason.

Once you are comfortably numb, Dr. Griffin will be able to remove the infected pulp from your tooth, fill it with a special material, then seal your tooth with a filling or dental crown.

In the end, your tooth will look as natural as it ever did, and you will be able to eat again without pain.


You Can Avoid The Pain By Getting Tooth Fixed Early

If you can’t prevent a problem, then the next best option is to take care of it early. That’s definitely true in the case of a cracked tooth.

If you do bite into an unpopped kernel, an olive pit, a piece of candy, or countless other hard foods, and you have the problems described in our introduction, we encourage you to make an appointment as soon as you are able.

We can examine your tooth to take action before the crack gets too large or you develop a tooth infection.

Depending on the depth and location of the crack, we may be able to repair your tooth with our dental filling material or with a dental crown.

Either way, you may be saving yourself from serious pain down the road.

To reach Northalsted Dental Spa, just fill out our online form or call us at 773-245-2779. We are here to help, and we would be happy to help you.


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