Ouch! Nobody wants the pain and inconvenience of a cracked tooth. In this installment of the Create A Smile, PC – Dr. Ken Moore dental blog we’re focusing on how to avoid a cracked tooth, a totally preventable problem in the world of general and cosmetic dentistry.
The first thing to remember is that avoiding a cracked tooth is not rocket science; if you don’t want a cracked tooth you should steer clear of chewing on hard things! This includes ice, hard candy, and (sorry cinephiles) yes, popcorn too.
Also, you should protect yourself against sustaining any impact to the mouth during sporting or athletic events, such as basketball, ultimate frisbee, or flag football league, by picking up a mouth guard at a local sporting goods store.
Tooth grinding is never a good thing; it can even lead to a cracked tooth or temporomandibular conditions (also known as TMJ, a pain in the jaw joint that can be caused by a variety of medical problems). One way to help is to talk to your dentist, doctor, or physical therapist about some stress reduction techniques to keep your jaw nice and relaxed.
Be sure to keep up with regular check-ups with your dentist so that he or she can spot possible problems that could predispose you to a cracked tooth, such as an uneven chewing surface or brittle teeth.
If you have a cracked tooth, you’ll want to pursue the correct course of treatment and, if needed, explore some cosmetic dentistry procedures to fix any visible damage such as veneers, a porcelain crown, or a dental implant.
If you are in the Bloomington, Ellettsville, or Handy area and are in need of general and cosmetic dentistry services, please consider us at Create A Smile, PC. We offer a wide variety of services, including:
- teeth whitening
- smile makeovers
- same day crowns
- general dentistry
Give us a call today to schedule an appointment and consultation.