Life can be quite stressful, and many of us have a variety of coping mechanisms. One common tension reliever is damaging our oral health in the form of teeth grinding and/or clenching, whose medical name is bruxism. Some people grind and clench while they’re awake, some while they’re asleep, and others while both awake and asleep. The ramifications of bruxism include cracks, chips and stress fractures. Endodontists are dental specialists who treat all three of these conditions.
At Michael I. Feinberg, DDS, you can rest assured that our main mission is to provide you with the ultimate in endodontic care. Our offices are clean and hygienic, so you needn’t be concerned with contamination issues. We’re highly experienced at putting apprehensive patients at ease so they can relax and receive the care they need.
The symptoms of a cracked tooth vary. The most apparent are random intense pain while chewing and intense discomfort when the tooth is subjected to cold and hot beverages and food. And though the pain can be random, it’s crucial to get treatment immediately to keep it from degrading further.
The majority of chipped teeth can be restored by reattaching the piece that broke off, by filling in the empty spot with tooth-colored bonding material or by placing a crown (cap) on the tooth. And as with a cracked tooth, it’s crucial to get treatment immediately.
Some individuals believe that a cracked or chipped tooth can be treated by a hospital emergency room or urgent care clinic. To the contrary, it’s best to be seen by an endodontist right away. The same goes for anyone experiencing symptoms of a dental infection, such as bleeding and/or swelling.
A tooth can also develop a crack through an injury or normal wear and tear. There’s no way to ensure that a tooth will never crack, but you can make the event less likely by not chewing on objects such as hard candy, ice, pens and unpopped kernels of popcorn. It also helps to wear a mouth guard at night and while playing sports.
At the office of Michael I. Feinberg, DDS, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate dental care. For more information on our endodontic services, please don’t hesitate to call us today.