Natural teeth are designed to withstand great amounts of pressure day in and day out. For the most part, they hold up well with proper general dentistry. However, there are times when, given the right circumstances, a tooth will crack or break. When this happens, it is important to seek dental care right away.
There are several factors that can lead to a cracked tooth. In most instances, the tooth has become weakened in some way. Large fillings and root canal therapy are an example. Genetics can play a role as well. Personal habits and foods you eat are also part of the equation. Trauma is often another cause.
When you consider the tons of pressure that teeth endure on a daily basis, it is astounding that they do not crack more often. When they do, help is available at Southern Dental Group of Wynne, Arkansas. Unfortunately, you cannot always tell by looking at the tooth whether or not it has sustained damage. Not all surfaces of the tooth can be seen without special instruments. In many cases, the symptoms cause a patient to seek help.
Sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages can indicate a problem. When you bite down and the pressure causes discomfort, or when you release pressure and feel discomfort, these can also be signals that your tooth is cracked or damaged. Pain can be constant, throbbing, sporadic, or non-existent. If the nerve center of the tooth is not involved, you may not feel any discomfort.