Cracked teeth can often lead to debilitating pain and significantly jeopardize your overall dental health. Ramesh K. Sunar, DMD, at Charlotte Root Canal Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, treats patients of all ages who have suffered from cracked teeth. His extensive experience in the field of endodontics makes him a perfect practitioner to eliminate pain and restore your tooth’s function. Call or go online today to learn more about cracked tooth treatments.
There are multiple types of cracked teeth, and each one comes with its own set of symptoms and treatment options.
Craze lines refer to microscopic cracks in the enamel. Since these are very small, they often don’t require treatment. Over time, the enamel rebuilds itself and gets rid of cracks.
In most cases, a fractured cusp refers to cracks along a dental filling. Usually, these cracks don’t reach the pulp and don’t cause as much pain.
Generally speaking, if a crack in your tooth is vertical but hasn’t reached the gum, it’s still salvageable. If it has reached the gum line, you might need to have the tooth removed and replaced by an implant or crown.
Split cracks refer to when the crack extends from the surface of the tooth to the gum line. These cracks typically break the tooth into two sections. In this case, Dr. Sunar needs to extract the tooth and replace it with a prosthetic.
This often symptom-less type of crack starts from the below the gum line and travels upwards. Dr. Sunar might need to extract the tooth. You won’t show symptoms unless the tooth becomes infected.
In addition to any unplanned incidents, a tooth can crack because of:
Dr. Sunar explains to you precisely what you need to do to prevent a tooth from cracking and recommends treatment options to keep you healthy.
A cracked tooth becomes painful when the pulp gets damaged. As the pulp contains nerves and blood vessels, pressure, like chewing or sudden mouth movements, can cause pain.
The longer the pulp stays damaged, the higher the chances that it will get irritated, rendering it impossible for it to heal itself.
There are four main treatment options for cracked teeth:
In the case of craze lines, no treatment is required.
If you think you’re suffering from a cracked tooth, get in touch with Dr. Sunar today by phone or online to book an appointment.