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Cracked Tooth Treatment

Why do cracked teeth hurt?


When a person has a traumatized tooth, it's common to have cracks. Chewing may make pain worse for cracked teeth, necessitating cracked tooth treatment. Pain results because chewing causes the crack to open slightly and the pulp (the inner nerve, blood vessels and connective tissue of the tooth) become irritated. When biting pressure is released, the crack can close quickly, resulting in a momentary, sharp pain.

Eventually, the pulp inside a cracked tooth will become damaged to the point that cracked tooth treatment is necessary. Extensive cracks can lead to infection of the pulp tissue, which can spread to the bone and gum tissue surrounding the tooth.

When a tooth becomes irreparably damaged, cracked tooth treatment will be necessary to prevent even further damage to the structures of the mouth. In this instance, it's critical to seek the help of an endodontist. Bakersfield's Kern Dental Specialties is able to help with cracked teeth treatment so you look and feel great again in no time.

Types of Cracks in Teeth

The treatment and outcome for your tooth depends on the type, location, and severity of the crack. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential in saving these important. Even with high magnification and special lighting, it is sometimes difficult to determine the extent of a crack. A cracked tooth that is not treated will progressively worsen, eventually resulting in the loss of the tooth.

Craze Lines

Craze lines are tiny cracks that affect only the outer enamel. These cracks are extremely common in adult teeth, and a present as painless, very shallow cracks that usually require no treatment.

Fractured Cusp

When a cusp (the pointed part of the chewing surface) becomes weakened, a fracture sometimes results. The weakened cusp may break off by itself or may have to be removed by the dentist. When this happens, the pain will usually be relieved.

Split Tooth

A split tooth is often the result of the long term progression of a cracked tooth. The split tooth is identified by a crack with distinct segments that can be separated. A split tooth can never be saved intact.

Vertical Root Fracture

Vertical root fractures are cracks that begin in the root of the tooth and extend toward the chewing surface. They often show minimal signs and symptoms and may therefore go unnoticed for some time. Vertical root fractures are often discovered when the surrounding bone and gum become infected.

Will my tooth completely heal?

Fractures in cracked teeth never fully heal without cracked tooth treatment. Some cracks may continue to progress and separate, resulting in loss of the tooth. Once treated, most cracked teeth continue to function and provide years of comfortable chewing.

Talk to your dentist and/or endodontist about your particular diagnosis and treatment recommendations. They will advise you on how to keep your natural teeth and achieve optimum dental health.

Contact Kern Dental Specialties

For further information about Kern Dental Specialties, contact us at (661) 324-7668. As the cracked tooth treatment dentist Bakersfield trusts, we also routinely perform apicoectomy surgery, surgeries, as well, so call today to learn more.