Cracked teeth can occur in several ways. External trauma, like a sports injury, can crack a tooth. If your child has a habit of grinding their teeth or chewing on hard foods, this can also lead to a crack in their tooth. Regardless of the cause, if your child’s tooth becomes cracked contact our office right away. Quick evaluation and treatment are key to protecting your child from further damage and to saving the tooth, if possible.
It may not be immediately obvious that a tooth has been cracked. While some cracks may be large and highly visible, others may be very small or thin and blend into surrounding tooth structure. Cracks may also be located on the back of a tooth or in the rear of your child’s mouth where they are more difficult to spot. Some symptoms that could indicate a tooth crack include:
- Pain from heat or cold contact with a single tooth
- Pain while chewing on a single tooth, may be inconsistent
- Sharp or rough edge on a tooth felt by the tongue
- Sensation that a tooth or part of a tooth moves within the mouth
If your child experiences any of these symptoms or if they have a visibly cracked tooth, contact our office for an appointment. If your child has any bleeding, apply gentle pressure with gauze. You may use a cold compress or over-the-counter pain reliever if they are experiencing pain while waiting to be seen. Once we can examine the tooth, we will determine whether it can be saved and discuss your options and our recommendations for treatment.
To help prevent cracks, be sure your child uses a mouth guard when playing sports. Ensure your child avoids chewing ice and other hard substances.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our office.