Why Is It Important To Repair Or Replace Cracked Teeth?

Why Is It Important To Repair Or Replace Cracked Teeth?
Posted on 06/18/2018
Why Is It Important To Repair Or Replace Cracked Teeth?

Why Is It Important To Repair Or Replace Cracked Teeth?

The enamel that makes up the outermost layer of your teeth is the hardest part the human body. This is necessary since it protects very sensitive tissue and nerve endings that make up the inner pulp of our teeth. Unfortunately, as strong as enamel is, it is not impervious to damage. Cracks in your teeth are lines in the teeth that can be either below or above the gum line and travel vertically or horizontally across the tooth surface. Cracks can be caused a wide range of things including grinding teeth, dental trauma, drastic temperature changes, and even other dental procedures. A crack and the tooth may or may not be visible to the naked eye.

Tooth cracks may seem harmless at first, but imagine it as a crack in a wall that’s holding back water--over time, some of that water is going to get through the crack. In the case of your teeth, it’s harmful bacteria that’s getting through. If you have a cracked tooth, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with a dentist to have the crack repaired or replaced with a dental implant. To stress the importance of seeking treatment for your cracked tooth, the restorative dental experts here at the office of Drs. Acker & Lehninger in Venice, FL have put together this guide on the risks that cracked teeth pose to your health.

How Cracked Teeth Affect Oral Health

The reason that you brush and floss your teeth every day is to clear away all the bacteria that builds up on your teeth as particles from the food you’ve eaten break down throughout the day. If left sitting on your teeth, that bacteria turns into acid and plaque that will eat away at your enamel and cause tooth decay. With a crack in your tooth, all of that bacteria now has access into the inner working of your tooth, seeping in to the deeper layers and rotting your tooth from the inside out. Even brushing and flossing won’t be able to get the bacteria out of the crack. As that bacteria penetrates further into your tooth, it can lead to serious infections, gum disease, even tooth loss if left untreated long enough. Our cosmetic dentists provide our Venice, FL patients with options to prevent this from happening.

How A Cracked Tooth Can Harm Your Body

Your teeth are connected to the rest of your body, which is why good oral health helps stave off other bodily illnesses beyond just issues with your teeth and gums. On the other hand, poor oral health and infections caused by bacteria seeping in through the crack in your tooth can have some terrible effects on the rest of your body too.

Once that bacteria penetrates into the soft tissues of your teeth and gums, it will start to spread to the rest of your body, increasing the chances of developing other infections in other parts of your body. These other infections have been linked to increased chance of heart attack, stroke, respiratory illnesses, and many other serious medical conditions.

How Can A Cracked Tooth Be Treated?

The recommended treatment for your cracked tooth will depend on the severity and location of the crack. For minor tooth cracks, dentists can use fillings to seal up the enamel of the tooth and protect it from bacteria and decay. For more severe cracks, it is often necessary for a dentist to replace the entire tooth, with dental implants being the most effective and longest-lasting tooth replacement treatment available.

Contact Drs. Acker & Lehninger Today!

If you have a crack in your teeth and would like it repaired before it causes further serious dental issues, contact us at the dental office of Drs. Acker & Lehninger in Venice, FL to schedule an appointment. Our dentists specialize in restorative dentistry, from fillings to dental implants. Our cosmetic dentists utilize the most advanced dental technology to create life-like tooth replacements and repairs so that your smile can always look perfect and free of harmful tooth cracks. We even offer dental implant seminars so you can learn more about dental implants and if they’re right for you. We look forward to seeing you in our Venice, FL office for your appointment and providing you the superior restorative dental care you need to fix any cracks in your teeth. Our dentists will make sure your smile looks as healthy as can be.

Ryan S. Holbrook, D.M.D. & Jose M. Horak, D.M.D.

  • Ryan S. Holbrook, D.M.D. and Jose M. Horak, D.M.D. - 200 Capri Isles Blvd., Venice, FL 34292 Phone: 941-484-3885

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