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.
The depth of the crack, resulting pain and other trauma associated with it will influence the treatment option Dr. Brett McCown might recommend to restore the tooth.
If the cracked tooth has a sharp or persistent pain that does not subside shortly after the trauma, it likely means that the damage extends into the dentin layer or possibly the root of the tooth. The most effective treatment plan in a situation like this is to have Dr. Brett McCown perform a root canal. This will replace the damaged internal structures with a rubbery material called gutta percha, before the entire enamel layer of the tooth is replaced with a crown.
Even if the crack in the enamel is limited to the enamel layer, and pain after the trauma subsides, you should still have Dr. Brett McCown examine the tooth to layout your treatment options. In some cases, the area can be repaired with a cosmetic bonding, filling or a crown.
If you have cracked tooth you need to call Dr. Brett McCown at 830-372-2852 to assess the situation and schedule an appointment.