Your teeth are covered by the hardest substance in your body – your tooth enamel. While that enamel makes your teeth tough, it can be damaged by a trauma to your mouth. This may result in a broken tooth or a crack in your tooth enamel. It is important to remember that any crack, no matter how small, can lead to an infection. In many cases, the crack in question may be so small that you don’t even notice it. However, there are some indicators that there may be a problem. If you notice a brief pain when you bite or chew, or sensitivity to hot, cold or sweet foods, you should make a note of where you feel the sensation in your teeth, and what you are doing when it happens. That way your dentist, or our endodontist, Dr. Scott Biggs, will know where to begin looking for damage. If you have sustained a blow to the face or mouth, or if you have noticed damage to your teeth, call Micro Endodontics of Las Vegas at 702-463-5000 and we will be happy to see you for an examination to determine if you need further treatment.
Of course, prevention is always the best course of treatment in any situation. You can help protect your smile by brushing and flossing your teeth on a regular basis, eating a balanced diet and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings and exams. It is also a good idea to talk with Dr. Biggs about preventing dental injuries in Las Vegas, Nevada, and wearing a mouth guard to protect your teeth when you play sports or recreate.