Filling your tooth restores it to its previous function, look and shape, and is normally completed using one of three materials:
- Amalgam, which is the common silver filling used across the world. It is normally not recommended for large fillings however as this can cause the tooth structure to weaken and potentially fracture.
- Composite resin, which is white to match the colour of the tooth and is very popular due to the discretion this affords.
- Porcelain or gold inlays can also be used for tooth restorations, because they are very strong and durable and suitable for situations where the tooth is extremely damaged.
Having a filling in your tooth is quite a common dental procedure, and while you might not like the thought of having one yourself, there’s nothing to worry about. This blog post discusses the instances when a filling is need in a tooth, and what to expect when you visit the dentist to get one.
How is a Cracked Tooth Treated?
Treatment depends on the size, location and direction of the crack, as well as your symptoms. Your dentist will talk with you about the treatment that is best for your tooth. It is possible that your dentist will recommend no treatment at all, since tiny cracks are common and usually do not cause problems.
Types of treatment include the following:
- repairing the tooth with a filling material
- placing a crown (cap) on the tooth to protect it from further damage
- endodontic (root canal) treatment if the pulp is involved
- extracting the tooth if it is severely cracked and cannot be saved
Why Does a Tooth Crack?
A tooth may crack for many reasons, such as the following:
- chewing on hard objects or foods such as pencils, ice, nuts or hard candy
- an accident, such as a blow to the mouth
- grinding or clenching of teeth
- uneven chewing pressure, especially if a nearby tooth is lost
- loss of tooth structure through wear
- loss of tooth structure due to large fillings or other restorations
- exposure of tooth enamel to extreme hot and cold temperatures