Even though dental issues such as a broken crown or a missing tooth are hard to miss, the same thing cannot be said for a cracked tooth. In many cases, a crack is so small that it is invisible to the naked eye. Unless your child notices it, you may not see it right away. Of course, if they suffered some type of trauma to the mouth while playing sports or in a car accident, have their teeth checked out just in case. Sometimes a hairline crack might not even show up on an x-ray. Finding it is the hard part. If you suspect any type of tooth damage, it should be examined by a dental professional.
How do you find a cracked tooth?
Most of the time, kids don’t complain too much. The best way to know whether or not your child has a cracked tooth is to pay attention to any complaints of pain. Normally, they will say it hurts when they bite down on something. Or you may notice they complain when drinking or eating something hot or cold. If your child has any of these complaints, Dr. Shiva Basir and the staff at Upper East Side Kids Dentist should examine them. They can help fix the tooth.
What can be done if you crack a tooth?
There are several treatments that can be used to fix your child’s tooth if it does get broken or cracked. These include bonding, placing a crown over the cracked tooth, or performing a root canal. Your New York dentist can help determine which treatment is best for you. As long as you act quickly and see your dentist as soon as you suspect a cracked tooth, you should be able to save it.
Please call us if your child expresses any discomfort when eating or chewing. Our dental team can ensure their teeth remain in good condition. If a cracked or damaged tooth is caught soon enough it can be fixed without causing further damage. Schedule a checkup today!