Posted on 12/20/2018 by Robert Leale
|When your teeth become cracked, they're uncomfortable and unsightly, and may cause you pain. But are they dangerous? Can your oral health suffer from untreated cracks in your teeth?
Injured IncisorsCracked or chipped teeth can be dangerous, not just in the case of their own damage, but also in terms of the overall health of your mouth. Having a damaged tooth can allow bacteria to crawl into the site of the injury and spread from there into the entirety of your mouth, from your teeth to the gums and even jaw structure if left unattended. The longer you wait to treat the injury, the more permanent and lasting the overall damage can be.
This is especially the case if you have a cracked tooth without any apparent source of trauma or injury, since this may be your first indication of a more pressing potential emergency inside of your mouth. When teeth are severely infected, the bacteria attacks the pulp and nerve clusters inside, slowly killing it over time in a painful series of attacks that ultimately lead to tooth death.
Once the tooth is dead, the dentin and enamel begin to chip and wear naturally, as they are no longer receiving vital nutrients, and the bacteria typically leaves to infest another healthy tooth.
Chipped teeth can also be damaging to other teeth even without an infection, as your mouth must adjust to chewing and biting around the injury, putting extra strain on the surrounding teeth. This in turn puts them at greater risk of cracking and wearing down. Further, the chipped tooth can lacerate your gums and cheeks, creating painful injuries and even more sites for infection to enter the body.
If you have a cracked tooth, it is dangerous to your health in many ways. Please immediately contact us and schedule an appointment, so we can help you repair and recover and go home with a smile.