Treatment for Cracked Teeth
Cracking one or more teeth is a relatively common dental issue, involving symptoms like increased sensitivity, changes in biting pressure, and fleeting discomfort that occurs when chewing. These injuries, however, can eventually affect the inner pulp of the tooth, leading to constant, outright pain and potentially serious infections that can spread. At Premier Endodontics, our team’s goal is to treat these dangerous instances as soon as possible. Dr. Joseph Creasy will be happy to work with your general dentist to ensure that you receive the personalized, friendly care you deserve. Plus, our warm office space and advanced technology here in Fort Worth, TX will make your experiences with us as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
There are several kinds of dental cracks that patients can face over the course of their lives, including:
- Craze Lines –These are very small, minor cracks that usually only affect the outer enamel of a tooth. Many adults experience craze lines, and in most cases, no treatment
- Fractured Cusp – If a cusp becomes damaged or weakened, it’s possible for a fracture to occur and cause the cusp to break off the tooth. This issue can usually be successfully treated by your general doctor with a custom-made restoration.
- General Crack – The most common kind of crack is typically located near the chewing surface of a tooth, where it extends down towards the root and maybe even under the patient’s gum line. Damage to the pulp of the tooth is very likely in these instances, and root canal therapy is usually strongly recommended.
- Split Tooth – If a cracked tooth is left as is for too long, the injury can progress to a split tooth, which breaks the structure into clear, disjointed pieces. In these cases, the entire tooth can virtually never be preserved, but there may still be hope for saving one or more portions that can be rebuilt by your general doctor.
- Vertical Root Fracture – This type of fracture extends from the root of the tooth up to its chewing surface, and its presence can unfortunately be very subtle, delaying diagnosis by your doctor. We strongly recommend endodontic surgery at our Ft. Worth location in these cases, which can protect the tooth that isn’t affected by the removal of the damaged root.