We see cracked and fractured teeth all the time. Teeth may crack due to biting on hard objects, physical trauma, or grinding and clenching the teeth.
Cracked teeth cause minor discomfort or severe pain, especially when pressure is placed on the weakened tooth. Each time you grind, clench, or bite with the damaged tooth, the crack widens.
It is critical to treat a cracked tooth before bacteria enters the crack and infects the nerves and soft tissues of the tooth. Whether you are in the early stages of a cracked tooth or the later stages of internal damage, endodontist Dr. Andrew Stubbs can help.
Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth
Symptoms of a cracked tooth may include:
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Increased sensitivity to heat or cold
- Chronic pain in tooth
- Difficulty pinpointing the exact location of the pain
The type of crack determines the amount of pain you experience and the urgency of treatment. Crazes are tiny vertical cracks that are less harmful to the teeth. Vertical furcation cracks and oblique root cracks often create the need for root canal therapy. Other cracks may result in the need for extraction.
The earlier we can investigate the cracked tooth, the simpler treatment will be! Let’s relieve your pain sooner rather than later.
How to Treat Tooth Cracks
Occasionally, restorative procedures like fillings and crowns can be enough to protect a cracked tooth. In other cases, root canal treatment is the most viable option to ensure total health after a cracked tooth. We will do everything in our power to use restorative dentistry instead of tooth extraction here at Creekside Endodontics.
If you have questions or concerns about your teeth, don’t hesitate to call our dentist. We make it our priority to give you a comfortable and enjoyable dental experience.