Cracked and fractured teeth are common dental problems. As people retain their natural teeth longer (due to advances in dental technology), the likelihood of cracked teeth increases. There are many reasons why teeth may crack, for example, biting on hard objects, trauma, grinding and clenching of teeth. All of these behaviors place the teeth under extra strain and render them more susceptible to cracking.
Symptoms of a cracked tooth may include:
Unexplained pain when eating.
Sensitivity to warm and cold foods.
Pain with no obvious cause.
Difficulty pinpointing the location of the pain.
How are cracks in the teeth treated?
There are many different types of cracked teeth. Some may be exposed using dental X-rays, while others are clearly visible to the naked eye or use of high magnification such as dental microscope. In cases where the tooth pulp is affected, root canal therapy is the most viable treatment option. The pulp, nerves and vessels of the tooth will be removed, and the resulting space will be filled with special root filling materials. A crown or filling will be added to stabilize the tooth and it will continue to function as normal.
When the crack is too severe for the tooth to be saved, your dentist will perform an extraction. There are a number of restorative options in these cases, such as bridges, dental implants and partial dentures. All of these structures can restore biting, chewing and speaking functions.
If you have any concerns about cracked teeth, please call us on 979-297 0633 and we will do our best to answer all your questions.