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Do Cracks in My Teeth Need Treatment?
Posted on 6/15/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
If you have a broken tooth or a chipped tooth, you will know about it. You could have pain when you chew, you could experience sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or you could have swelling near the gum depending on where the tooth is broken. Whatever the symptom, you will know your tooth is broken. You will probably see it. But what if your tooth is cracked? Will you suffer symptoms that will alert you and does it have to be fixed? First, you should know that there are several ways your teeth can crack. A cracked tooth starts at the biting surface and travels down towards the root. A cracked cusp happens on the pointed part of your tooth's biting surface. You can get a split tooth, which typically is the result of not treating a cracked tooth. In this case, the tooth splits into two parts. Lastly, you have craze lines. These are tiny cracks that only affect the outer portion of your tooth's enamel. The treatment depends on the type of crack. What Do I Do if I Have One? If you think you might have a cracked tooth the first thing you should do is make an appointment with us. We will carefully examine your teeth to determine if you have a crack, what type it is, and what treatment is needed if any. The reason we said we'd carefully examine your teeth is that cracks don't always show up on x-rays. Not all of the types of cracked teeth need treatment, but it is important to catch them early. If you have a small crack, we may be able to fill the crack with a bonding material. If it is chipped, and the chip is small, we may be able to smooth the rough edges and polish them to blend away the crack. Veneers and crowns are used when bonding can't fix it. The good news is that if you have craze lines you don't need treatment at all. Craze lines are common in all adult teeth. They don't interfere with eating and don't allow bacteria to be introduced into the inner layers of your tooth. Make an appointment if you think your tooth is cracked and let us have a look....

Why Do Your Teeth Shift After Losing a Tooth?
Posted on 5/30/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
If you are missing a tooth either because of decay, accident or injury, you may think that it's not a big deal, and your other teeth will be just fine without that tooth. The truth is that missing a tooth and neglecting to replace it can cause more damage to your other teeth, the gum tissue and even your jaw bone. A Missing Tooth Affects Your Oral Health Believe it or not, a single missing tooth can have a negative domino effect on the rest of your oral health. As you may know, your teeth are made up of the crown of the tooth, which we see because it is exposed, and the root of the tooth, which lies beneath the surface of your gum. The root of the tooth acts as an anchor holding your tooth in place in the jaw bone. When a tooth is missing, several things begin to happen. First, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth slowly begin to shift to fill in the gap. Without the other tooth in its proper place, the anchors, or roots of the teeth on either side can become loose and the teeth will gradually move into the missing space. This can have a domino effect on all of your remaining teeth as they all begin to shift into the empty spaces. While this may not sound so bad, it is. This movement can cause the other teeth to also become loose and lead to more missing teeth. Additionally, the jaw bone is stimulated by the roots of the teeth to regenerate. When a tooth is missing, that part of the jaw bone begins to deteriorate and dissolve thus leading to additional tooth loss and complications. If you are missing one or several teeth, please call our office and we will schedule a consultation with you to talk about what options you have to replace it....

What Happens When Dental Chips Do Not Get Treated
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Mettler & Griego Family Dentistry
Should you chip your tooth when playing sports or chewing on a hard food item, it is important that you give our office a call. You may not believe that a chip is a big deal, but if your tooth isn't examined and treated, other problems may result. These are some of the dangers of failing to treat a dental chip. Pain and Sensitivity A severe chip in a tooth can be painful, and it can also affect your sensitivity levels. Some chips are the result of a cavity, meaning the tooth is already in a weakened state. Putting pressure onto the chipped tooth can cause immense pain, and hot and cold temperatures may also be painful. You may find it difficult to drink coffee or eat ice cream due to the vulnerable state of your tooth. Tooth Infection A seriously chipped tooth will expose the important inner structures of the tooth. This makes the tooth more prone to infections and cavities. Continuing on without treatment could lead to further nerve damage, and an abscess may form. This severe infection can be dangerous to the health of your tooth and the rest of your body. Further Breakage A chip compromises the integrity of your tooth. When the tooth has a weakened structure, it makes the rest of the tooth more likely to break. Simply chewing on the wrong thing could cause the chip to worsen, breaking the tooth completely. A broken tooth requires more extensive treatment to repair and may ultimately be more expensive than correcting a minor chip when right when it happens. Your chipped tooth might not seem like a major problem at first, but it is unwise to ignore it rather than seeking out treatment. Call us to day to find out more about how we can treat your chipped tooth....

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