Cracked teeth can cause a wide range of symptoms, from mild sensitivity to acute pain. If left untreated, a dental fracture can cause an infection, which can spread and lead to further issues. To preserve your oral health and reduce the risk of future problems, it is important to treat the issue as soon as possible.
Our doctors at Georgia Microendodontics in Marietta, GA, provide prompt, accurate care for cracked teeth. We can help restore your oral health and improve your quality of life.
Cracked Teeth Symptoms
A cracked tooth can result in a number of symptoms. Some of the most common include:
- Pain when biting down or chewing
- Fluctuating pain that comes and goes
- Inflammation and swelling around the affected tooth
- Sensitivity to heat, cold, and sweets
It is important to note that not all cracked teeth produce symptoms. That’s why routine dental visits are essential. Your dentist can detect these problems before they progress.
What Causes Cracked Teeth?
Fractures and cracks can occur from trauma or normal wear and tear. Trauma can include one instance, such as a sports injury, car accident, or fall. Or it can be caused by continued pressure, such as grinding or clenching your teeth (bruxism) or a habit of chewing on a pen, hard candy, or ice.
Types of Cracked Teeth
There are several different categories of cracked teeth. Here are the five major classifications:
Craze lines only affect the outer enamel. Since they do not affect the dentin or pulp chamber, they do not cause symptoms or require treatment. While very common, especially in adult teeth, they cause no concern other than appearance.
The pointed part of the dental crown is the cusp. If it is weakened, it can fracture from something as simple as chewing on soft bread. Since this type of fracture rarely involves the pulp, root canal therapy is usually not needed. Treatment often includes a dental crown to strengthen the tooth.
A cracked tooth generally extends vertically from the crown toward the root. These cracks usually involve the pulp and require root canal therapy. Left untreated, a cracked tooth often necessitates extraction.
A split tooth is usually the result of un untreated fracture. This condition is characterized by distinct segments of the tooth that can be separated. Unfortunately, a split tooth usually requires extraction, depending on the location, extent, and position of the crack.
Vertical Root Fracture
These cracks originate in the tooth root and extend upward toward the tooth crown, or vice versa. Often, these fractures do not produce symptoms, so they are often neglected until they progress to infection of the gums and surrounding bone tissue. Treatment typically requires extraction.
Saving a Cracked Tooth
For the best success when dealing with a cracked tooth, you want to seek treatment from an endodontist. Our doctors specialize in saving natural teeth. During a consultation at Georgia Microendodontics, we can help you weigh the risks and benefits of endodontic treatment. Our primary goal is to preserve your oral health.
Schedule an Endodontic Consultation Today
If you suspect you have a cracked tooth, it is imperative to seek treatment immediately. At Georgia Microendodontics, our team specializes in treating and saving damaged, infected, and cracked teeth.
To learn more, schedule an appointment at our practice. You can contact us online anytime.