Treating Cracked Teeth

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Cracked Teeth

Cracked teeth demonstrate many types of symptoms, including pain when chewing, temperature sensitivities, or even the release of biting pressure. It is also common for pain to come and go, making it difficult to diagnose the cause of discomfort.

Chewing can cause movement of the cracked pieces of your tooth, and the pulp within the tooth becomes irritated. At the same time, when biting pressure is released, the crack can close quickly, resulting in sharp pain. Eventually, the pulp will become damaged, and tooth will consistently hurt, even when you are not chewing. It is possible that cracks can lead to infection of the pulp tissue, which can spread to the bone and gum surrounding the problematic tooth.

Types of Cracked Teeth

Craze Lines

Craze lines, small fractures confined to the outer enamel layer of the tooth, predominantly manifest in adults and are generally benign. While these superficial cracks are commonplace, they typically pose no significant dental concerns, offering reassurance to individuals experiencing this common dental phenomenon.

Fractured Cusp

When a cusp undergoes structural weakening, it can lead to a potential fracture, where the cusp may either break off or necessitate removal by a dentist. Fortunately, such fractures seldom extend to the pulp, eliminating the need for a root canal procedure. Typically, the dentist will opt for restorative measures, often involving the application of a full crown to reinforce and preserve the integrity of the affected tooth.

Furthermore, the choice of a full crown not only reinforces the compromised tooth but also ensures its functional and aesthetic restoration. This proactive approach by dentists helps prevent further complications, promoting long-term oral health and preserving the natural appearance of the affected tooth.

Cracked Tooth

These types of cracked teeth 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

Typically arising from an untreated cracked tooth, a split tooth is characterized by a distinctive crack with separate segments. Unfortunately, preserving the tooth in its entirety becomes unattainable once a split occurs. However, the feasibility of salvaging any portion of the tooth hinges on the location and extent of the issue. In certain cases, a collaborative approach involving endodontic retreatment by specialists and subsequent restoration by a dentist may be employed to save a segment of the tooth and mitigate further dental complications.

Vertical Root Fracture

Vertical root fractures, originating at the root and progressing towards the chewing surface of the tooth, often present minimal symptoms and can easily go unnoticed. In cases where salvage is feasible, endodontic surgery becomes the preferred treatment, involving the removal of the fractured root to preserve the remaining portion of the tooth. However, when the extent of the fracture precludes such intervention, extraction becomes the inevitable course of action to maintain overall oral health.

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