The outer layer of each one of your teeth is made from a very durable material called enamel. Even though tooth enamel is very hard, it is possible for a hard fall or blow to the face to crack the enamel. This is even more likely if you participate in contact sports without the protection of a mouth guard.
If the pain from the initial trauma fades, it might mean the crack is limited to the enamel layer. However, if you still feel a sharp pain, or you experience severe sensitivity issues in the tooth it likely means the crack extends into the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth.
Dr. David Powell might need to perform a root canal if the crack has damaged the interior of the tooth. In an extreme situation the cracked tooth might need to be extracted and restored once your gums have healed.
Even if the cracked tooth doesn’t cause you any pain and is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth, the damaged area could easily invite tooth decay and sensitivity issues in the future. If the crack in the tooth is limited to the enamel layer, it might be possible to repair it with a basic filling.
If you have a cracked tooth, you should call All Care Dentistry as soon as possible at 801-266-1414 to explore your treatment options.