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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Damaged Teeth Posted on June 4, 2018

To keep your teeth healthy, you should brush and floss at least twice a day, limit sugary foods and drinks, and visit your dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning.

However, as careful as you may try to be with your teeth, sometimes they become damaged or you may experience cracked teeth. Most damage happens when you have an infection that approaches the gum line, when you are in an accident, like a car accident, that causes your teeth to chip or fracture, or when you have been playing sports. Any of these issues would be enough to damage your teeth.

How do I know if my tooth is damaged? 

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First, take a look at your tooth in the mirror. Does it look damaged, chipped, or cracked? Look at your gum line. Do your gums appear to be red or swollen? Next, think about how your tooth feels when you eat or drink something that is hot or cold. Do you feel pain?  When you chew, does it hurt in a particular area? Is there ever a bitter taste in your mouth?

 

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to see an endodontist. An endodontist is a dental specialist who deals with the pulp of a tooth, which is located in the roots of your teeth.

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If one or more of your teeth are injured, then you should get treatment so that you don’t lose the tooth. An endodontist will evaluate the damage to the tooth and may perform a treatment called a root canal. The root canal will save the tooth by taking the infected pulp out of the tooth’s roots and then replace it with a material to keep your tooth healthy. Once this is done, a crown can be put on the tooth, and nobody can see the difference. You’ll be able to chew again, pain-free.

It’s important to get an injured tooth treated immediately so that you’ll avoid additional damage to your teeth, and a root canal procedure will resolve the pain that you probably feel from a damaged tooth.

Cracked, Chipped or Damaged Teeth Should Be Treated by an Endodontist

If you have damaged teeth, Pittsburgh endodontist Dr. Greg Semashko of Endodontics in Cranberry can help. He and his staff compassionately care for patients from all around the region, including the North Hills area. Call them today.