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 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.
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.
Treatable 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.
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.
Thank you so much!!!
- Kimberly C
I was in a great deal of pain when I called in the morning and the office got me in to see Dr. Hirschman that very afternoon. Dr. Hirschman was able to find the cause of my pain, temporarily fixed the pain and give me the steps for corrective action. I was very pleased with the service, friendliness of the office personnel and I would definitely recommend family and friends.
- Dianne A
Everyone was very professional
- Dennis K
- Janet G
Dr. Hirschman is a true professional and a pleasure to see, especially for treatment for something most people do not want to have to deal with. Every contact I've had with the entire staff has been friendly and respectful and I will never hesitate to recommend Dr. Hirschman and the entire Advanced Endodontics team.
- Jason B
Very professional. Had a very good experience.
- Kimberly H
I was there for his 'special' x-ray of my bad tooth. Very cool and it clearly showed the damage tothe tooth. Dr's recommendation was given and I'm satisfied with the results. Would highly recommend.
- Claudia C
- Ann l F