If you have a cracked or fractured tooth, our dentists can provide treatments to restore your teeth and your smile and prevent further dental problems. Please contact Stephens City Family Dentistry at 540-869-2600 to learn more about cracked teeth in Stephens City, Virginia, and to schedule your appointment with Dr. Taliaferro and Dr. Lim.
Cracked and fractured teeth are common dental problems. Teeth can crack for many reasons – such as biting on hard objects, bruxism (teeth grinding and clenching) or trauma. When your tooth enamel is cracked, you may experience intense pain. When no pressure is exerted on the crack, however, you may not experience any discomfort, even while the crack continues to widen. In some cases, you may experience intermittent pain as the crack opens and closes.
Symptoms of cracked teeth include:
- Unexplained pain while eating
- Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
- Pain without any obvious cause
- Difficulty in pinpointing the source of pain
The specific type of crack you experience will determine the type of treatment you receive. In some cases, your cracked tooth can be treated with a root canal. In other situations, the entire tooth may need to be extracted to prevent further damage.
Types of cracks include:
- Crazes – Crazes are tiny vertical cracks, and are not a cause for concern. This type of crack rarely needs a treatment for health reasons, but patients may request a cosmetic treatment to improve the appearance of their teeth.
- Oblique supragingival cracks – This type of crack affects the crown of the tooth above the gum line. There is very little pain because the pulp is unaffected. Minor restorative or cosmetic treatments may be recommended if the patient wishes.
- Oblique subgingival cracks – These cracks extend below the gum line, often to the jawbone. If the tooth breaks, it will remain attached until our dentist removes it. This type of crack is painful, and may require periodontal surgery or endodontic treatment to place a crown or other restoration.
- Vertical furcation cracks – This type of crack occurs when the roots of the tooth separate, and usually affects the nerve of the tooth. Root canal therapy and a dental crown are usually enough to save your tooth.
- Oblique root cracks – These cracks do not usually affect the surface of the tooth, damaging the areas below the gum line and often below the jawbone. Depending on how close the fracture is to the tooth surface, root canal treatments may be possible, but extraction is almost always the recommended treatment for this type of crack.
- Vertical apical root cracks – These cracks occur at the tip of the root, and cause an extremely high amount of pain. Teeth with this type of crack are eventually all extracted.
For more information on treatments for cracked teeth and to make your appointment with our dentists, please contact our practice today.