We completely understand that discovering a crack in your teeth can be alarming. Whether you’re experiencing pain or not, we welcome you to call our office to discuss your cracked teeth. When you connect with us, one of our experienced and compassionate staff members will guide you through a stress-free diagnosis and provide you with a plan of action to care for your dental health during the time before you’re able to visit our office.

Why your tooth is cracked?

You may find it comforting to learn a little more about why your teeth might be cracked. While we suggest that you simply call us so we can give you a professional opinion, we’d like to share some information with you for your peace of mind.
Cracked teeth have many symptoms, including pain when chewing, temperature sensitivities, or even pain upon release of biting pressure. It’s also common for pain to come and go, making it difficult to diagnose the cause of discomfort.

Types of Cracks

These are tiny cracks that only affect the outer enamel of the tooth. These cracks are more common in adults. These types of cracks are superficial and are usually of no concern.

Fractured Cusp:

When a cusp becomes weakened, a fracture may result. The cusp may break off or be removed by a dentist. A fractured cusp rarely damages the pulp, so root canal is not necessary. Your dentist will usually restore the tooth with a full crown.

Cracked Tooth:

This type of crack extends from the chewing surface of the tooth and vertically migrates towards the root. In some cases, the crack may extend below the gum line. It is possible for the crack to extend further into the root. Damage to the pulp is commonplace. In this case, root canal treatment is usually necessary. A cracked tooth that is not treated will worsen, resulting in the loss of the tooth. Therefore, early detection is essential.

Split Tooth:

A split tooth is usually the result of an untreated cracked tooth. It can be identified by a crack with distinct segments. This type of tooth can never be saved intact. Yet, the position and extent of the problem will dictate whether any portion of the tooth can be saved. Sometimes, endodontic retreatment by the doctors and restoration by your dentist can be used to save a portion of the tooth.Vertical Root Fracture:A vertical root fracture begins at the root and extends towards the chewing surface of the tooth. Unfortunately, they show minimal symptoms and may go unnoticed. Treatment involves endodontic surgery if a portion of the tooth can be saved by removal of the fractured root. Otherwise the tooth will have to be extracted.

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