If you have cracked teeth, you may be at risk of developing serious dental problems, including injury and infection to the pulp of your teeth. In some cases, you may need a surgical procedure to restore your teeth and your oral health. Dr. Richard Healy can provide treatments for your cracked teeth in Santa Maria, California. Please call us at 805-928-3928 for more information and schedule your consultation with our experienced dentist.
There are many types of cracked teeth. However, all cracked teeth exhibit the same symptoms. These symptoms may include pain while chewing, sensitivity to temperature, or a release of biting pressure. You may also experience intermittent pain, which can make it difficult to diagnose the exact cause of your dental problem.
Types of cracked teeth include:
• Craze Lines – Craze lines are tiny cracks that only affect the outer enamel of the tooth. They are superficial, and are not usually a cause for concern.
• Fractured Cusps – Fractured cusps occur when the raised points of the top of your tooth become weakened, and either break off on their own or is removed by a dentist. Dental crowns are usually recommended to restore this type of crack.
• Cracked Tooth – This type of crack extends from the chewing surface down towards the root, and may even extend below the gum line and into the root. Cracked teeth often damage to the pulp, making a root canal necessary. Untreated cracked teeth can lead to the loss of the tooth.
• Split Tooth – Split teeth usually occur when cracked teeth are left untreated. You can identify a split tooth by the distinct segments it breaks into. You may or may not be able to save the tooth, depending on the position and extent of the problem. If our dentist can save your tooth, he will likely need to perform an endodontic retreatment.
• Vertical Root Fracture – This type of crack begins at the root and extends toward the chewing surface of your tooth. Vertical root fractures do not exhibit obvious symptoms, and may go unnoticed for a long time. Your tooth will mostly likely need to be extracted. If any portion of it can be saved, you will need to receive an endodontic surgery.
To learn more about cracked teeth and our available treatments, please contact our office today.