Cracked Teeth Treatment

Cracked Teeth Treatment

If your teeth have become so damaged by dental decay or other factors that they crack, Our team offers cracked teeth treatment in Rochester Hills, MI. This treatment helps prevent or heal infection and restores your smile’s functionality. Schedule a consultation with our skilled dentist at Family Smiles Dental Care by calling 248-853-2222 today.

There are many types of cracked teeth. The treatment we provide to restore your tooth and your smile will depend on the type of crack that has damaged the tooth.

All cracked teeth exhibit the same symptoms, which include pain while chewing, sensitivity to temperature and a release of biting pressure. Cracked teeth can also cause intermittent pain, which can make it difficult to diagnose the exact cause of your discomfort.

Some types of cracked teeth are:

  • Craze lines — Tiny cracks in the outer enamel of the tooth. This type of crack is superficial and does not usually require treatment unless you are seeking cosmetic improvement.
  • Fractured cusps — A crack that occurs when the raised points on top of your teeth (the cusps) become weakened, breaking off on their own or being broken off by a dental professional. Crowns are usually recommended to restore teeth with fractured cusps.
  • Cracked tooth — This type of crack extends from the chewing surface of the tooth toward the root. In some cases, the crack extends below the gumline and into the root. Damage to the pulp is common, making root canals a necessary treatment to save the tooth.
  • Split tooth — This type of crack usually occurs when a cracked tooth is not treated, causing the tooth to break into distinct segments. Our dentist may or may not be able to save the tooth, depending on the position of the tooth and the extent of the damage. Endodontic treatment or retreatment may be necessary if the tooth is savable.
  • Vertical root fracture — Vertical root fractures begin at the root and extend towards the chewing surface of the tooth. There are no obvious systems to identify this type of crack, and it may go undiagnosed for some time as a result. The tooth will most likely need to be extracted. If it can be saved, you will require an endodontic surgery.

To learn more about our treatments for cracked teeth, please contact our office today. Our dentist and team are here to help you!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the common symptoms of a cracked tooth, and how is it diagnosed?

Common symptoms of a cracked tooth include pain while chewing, sensitivity to temperature, and a release of biting pressure. Cracked teeth can also cause intermittent pain, making it difficult to diagnose the exact cause of your discomfort. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to schedule a consultation with our skilled dentist at Family Smiles Dental Care. We will perform a thorough examination to diagnose the type and extent of the crack and determine the most appropriate treatment to restore your tooth and alleviate your discomfort.

What types of cracked teeth are there, and how are they treated?

There are several types of cracked teeth, each requiring different treatments based on the severity and location of the crack:

  • Craze Lines: These are tiny cracks in the outer enamel of the tooth and are usually superficial. Treatment is not typically necessary unless for cosmetic reasons.
  • Fractured Cusps: Occur when the raised points on the tooth become weakened and break off. Treatment typically involves placing a dental crown to restore the tooth.
  • Cracked Tooth: Extends from the chewing surface toward the root, sometimes below the gumline. If the crack affects the pulp, a root canal may be needed to save the tooth.
  • Split Tooth: Happens when a cracked tooth is not treated, leading the tooth to split into distinct segments. Depending on the damage, the tooth may need endodontic treatment or might not be salvageable.
  • Vertical Root Fracture: Begins at the root and extends toward the chewing surface. This type of crack may go undiagnosed due to the lack of obvious symptoms. Treatment often involves extraction, but if the tooth can be saved, endodontic surgery will be required.

To learn more about our treatments for cracked teeth and to determine the best approach for your situation, please contact our office in Rochester Hills, MI, at (248) 853-2222. Our dentist and team are here to help you!

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