I Have a Cracked Tooth, Now What?
A cracked tooth seems to occur at the worst times, usually at night or on the weekend. You then spend your time fretting about how to get it fixed while hiding in your house. Never fear, we’re here to help!
What Type of Cracked Tooth Do You Have?
There are different types of cracked teeth, ranging from minor inconveniences to cracks resulting in tooth loss. The type of cracked tooth determines how the tooth will be repaired.
These cracks are common in adults when tooth enamel begins to thin. They are shallow and do not cause any pain, but can be unattractive.
A fractured cusp occurs when a portion of the chewing surface of a tooth breaks off. This typically occurs with incisors and molars.
A cracked tooth needs to be treated immediately, as it can cause the death of the tooth. Often, cracked teeth start at the chewing surface and move toward the root. If treated early, cracked teeth can usually be saved.
A tooth that is split has been damaged by trauma or a long-term crack. The split tooth is cracked entirely in two and cannot be saved.
Vertical Root Fracture
These cracks start at the root and move out toward the chewing surface. Many times, people don’t know they have vertical root fractures until the gum around the tooth becomes infected.
How to Fix a Cracked Tooth
To determine how a tooth should be fixed, call us for an evaluation. We will perform an exam and take x-rays to determine the best method of treatment.
Composite bonding can fix chipped or cracked teeth. The process involves applying a composite bonding material to teeth to fill in and cover cracks. The bonding will also prevent further cracking. We ensure the color of the bonding material is the same as your natural teeth, so it will not be visible.
Crowns are common for fixing cracked teeth and improving appearance. The crown is placed on top of the tooth to prevent cracked teeth from breaking under the pressure that chewing creates. Crowns also help with appearance and the pain associated with cracks.
Veneers are covers that bond to your teeth. For small craze lines, veneers are a good option. They can be placed on one tooth or multiple teeth, and the result is a more attractive smile. Veneers are not recommended for those who grind their teeth.
Dental implants have become a very popular method for replacing cracked teeth that cannot be repaired and must be removed. The process involves implanting a titanium rod into the jaw where the tooth previously resided. A crown is then placed on top of the rod, creating a durable new tooth.
If you have a crack in your tooth that has extended to the root, it will be painful. A root canal can be performed to remove the nerve and add a crown to the tooth. If you are in pain, a root canal might be your best option.
With modern dentistry, there is no reason to live with a painful cracked tooth. Contact us at (520) 600-6925 for an evaluation, and we can help determine the best method of treatment for your circumstances.Back to Blog Page