Cracked Teeth

Computer generated image of a cracked tooth
Cracked teeth are a fairly common dental issue. While your teeth are the hardest substance in your body, they are not unbreakable. Taking good care of your teeth is essential for preventing the risk of damage, but accidents can still happen. You may fall, be hit in the face while playing sports, or just bite down on something too hard. If you crack a tooth, it is important to seek dental assistance right away. Blue Summit Dental Group can help.

Effects of Ignoring a Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth is a serious issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible, even if the damage does not seem that bad. Cracks compromise the integrity of the tooth. Continuing to bite and chew with it can cause the damage to worsen. If the crack extends into the inner layers of your teeth, it opens a direct path enabling bacteria to get inside. Once there, the bacteria begin to multiply quickly and attack the soft pulp found there. This can then lead to a painful infection that not only affects your oral health but can impact your whole-body health as well.

What Symptoms Point Toward a Cracked Tooth?

There are a variety of symptoms that can indicate that you have a cracked tooth. These symptoms include such things as:
•  Experiencing significant pain when you chew.
•  Sensitivity in the tooth.
•  Experiencing inexplicable pain that seemingly has no cause.
•  Difficulty locating the exact source of the pain in your mouth.

Types of Cracks that Occur in Teeth

There are several different types of cracks that can occur in your teeth.
•  Craze lines. These are tiny cracks that only form on the outermost layer of your teeth. They are normal and are a part of daily use over the years. These types of cracks do not affect your oral health and do not require treatment.
•  Oblique supragingival cracks. These affect only in the visible crown of the tooth. There is no effect on the pulp of the tooth, and they generally cause little pain.
•  Oblique subgingival cracks. These cracks may start at the crown, but travel below the gums. The cracks can even travel below the bone. They can cause severe pain and often require periodontal surgery as well as endodontic treatment.
•  Oblique root cracks. These types of cracks only occur below the gum line with no visible damage to the crown. Because of the location, teeth with this type of damage usually need to be extracted.
•  Vertical furcation cracks. This type of crack happens when the roots separate, and it almost always affects the nerve of the tooth.
•  Vertical apical root cracks. This type of crack affects the tip of the root, and can cause severe pain.

Treatment for Cracked Teeth

There are a few different options for treating cracked teeth. A major determining factor in the treatment you receive will depend upon the type of crack affecting your tooth. In many cases, a cracked tooth can be treated with a crown. If the pulp is affected and infected, a root canal will be performed first. If the cracks are serious, or the location makes them difficult, or impossible, to treat, an extraction becomes necessary. Should you require an extraction, tooth replacement options will also be discussed.
If you have suffered a cracked tooth, seeking help right away is necessary to prevent serious consequences. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Blue Summit Dental Group today at (810) 658-9177.
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Ralph J. Becker, D.D.S., P.C.
7007 Davison Rd
Davison, MI 48423-2005

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