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My Cracked Tooth Doesn't Hurt – Can't we Leave it Alone?

Looking Close at Surface of Cracked ToothIf you have suffered a cracked tooth, but do not feel any pain, you might wonder if you can just leave well enough alone. If there is no pain, why do anything about it? Unfortunately, cracked teeth are not like broken bones – they will not heal themselves and in many cases, the crack will become worse, causing you eventual pain and a high likelihood of tooth extraction.

Repairing the Cracked Tooth


Let's take a look at the positives of fixing a cracked tooth. First and foremost, you get to keep your tooth. Even if that means placing a crown over it to give it the strength that it needs, it is better than having a missing tooth. A crown can provide the support that your natural tooth no longer has without putting you at risk for losing the tooth.

Preventing Pain with a Cracked Tooth


Even though your cracked tooth does not hurt now, does not mean that it will not hurt in the future. If the crack is left on its own to worsen, the pain can reach all the way past your gum line. If this occurs, you could be looking at damage to the pulp of the tooth or even the roots, both of which are extremely painful. If extensive damage occurs, a root canal might be necessary, which could involve the removal of the interior of your tooth, replacing it with a crown. Rather than letting the situation get to this and for you to suffer unnecessary pain, getting immediate dental attention is warranted to help minimize your pain and increase the success of your tooth.

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