Cracked Teeth show a variety of symptoms including inconsistent pain when chewing, pain when exposed to extreme temperatures, or even pain on the release of biting pressure. In many cases the pain will come and go, making it difficult for the dentist to locate the tooth causing the discomfort. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or suspect a cracked tooth, it’s best to see an endodontist as soon as possible. CONTACT OUR OFFICE TODAY TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT 908 654 – 3636
Cracked teeth can lead to the development of serious dental problems, including injury and infection to the pulp of your teeth, which can spread to the bone and gum surrounding the cracked tooth. With a cracked tooth you run the risk of shifting the cracked pieces of tooth during chewing, irritating the pulp within the tooth, and eventually damaging it to the point where your tooth will consistently hurt, even when you are not chewing. Please click on this link for a brief informative video:
There are many different types of cracks:
Craze Lines – These are minor small surface cracks found only on the outer surface of the enamel of the tooth. These cracks are superficial and usually of no concern.
Cracked Tooth – This type of crack starts from the chewing surface and vertically migrates towards the root. In some cases the crack can extend below the gumline and into the root. Damage to the pulp is common and root canal treatment is usually necessary to prevent tooth loss.
Split Tooth – Usually caused by an untreated cracked tooth, this crack means the tooth has split into two separate parts. This type of tooth can never be saved intact. Severity and damage will determine if a portion of the tooth can be saved.
Vertical Root Fracture – These cracks start in the root of the tooth and extend upward toward the chewing surface. Treatment involves endodontic surgery if a portion of the tooth can be saved by the removal of the fractured root. Otherwise in most cases the tooth will have to be removed.
Horizontal/Oblique Fracture – The location of this fracture determines the long term health of your tooth. Sometimes stabilization with a splint is required as the tooth heals. Root canal treatment is necessary in some cases.
Fractured Cusp – A weakened cusp or trauma to a tooth may result in a fractured cusp. The cusp may break off or be removed by a dentist. A fractured cusp may not always damage the pulp.
Examination by an endodontist will help obtain a proper diagnostic treatment plan. Your dentist will usually restore the tooth with a full crown. If the pulp is damaged root canal treatment would be completed before the new crown is cemented.