Cracked Teeth Treatment in Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch FL

Cracked teeth vary in severity and symptoms, with the common thread being the need for treatment to save the tooth and alleviate symptoms. Symptoms of a cracked tooth may include:

  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
  • Pain when releasing bite pressure.
  • A toothache that comes and goes

Chewing can cause the cracked pieces of a tooth to move, irritating the pulp at the tooth’s center. Conversely, when biting pressure is released, the crack can close quickly, resulting in a sharp, stabbing pain. Eventually, the pulp is damaged, and the tooth hurts consistently, even when you are not chewing. When a cracked tooth is ignored, it can lead to infection of the pulp tissue, which can spread to the bone and gum surrounding the problematic tooth.

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Types of Cracked Teeth & Treatment Options

A depiction of craze lines on teeth

Craze lines

Craze lines are superficial cracks that appear on the enamel, the outermost layer of the tooth. They are often harmless and purely cosmetic, resembling fine lines or scratches on the tooth’s surface. Usually, no treatment is necessary for craze lines.

An example of a tooth with a fractured cusp

Fractured Cusp

A fractured cusp occurs when a piece of the tooth’s chewing surface breaks off, usually due to trauma or large fillings that weaken the tooth’s structure. In many cases, the pulp inside the tooth remains unaffected, and the tooth can be restored with a dental crown.

A sample of a tooth showing a treatable cracked tooth

Treatable Cracked Tooth

A treatable crack extends vertically from the chewing surface towards the root of the tooth. Left untreated, the crack usually migrates into the root, damaging the pulp. A root canal is required to save the tooth. If not treated early on, the tooth will worsen and may have to be removed.

A depiction of a tooth split with distinct segments

Split Tooth

A split tooth is a more advanced stage of a cracked tooth where the crack extends from the chewing surface to the root, effectively splitting the tooth into distinct segments. This type of crack typically results from untreated or undetected vertical cracks. Unfortunately, a split tooth cannot be saved intact. However, depending on the damage’s extent and the crack’s position, endodontic treatment may salvage a portion of the tooth through root canal therapy or extraction followed by replacement with a dental implant or bridge.

An example of a vertical fracture starting at the tooth's root

Vertical Root Fracture

Vertical root fractures extend vertically from the root of the tooth towards the chewing surface. These fractures are often difficult to detect and can lead to symptoms like pain or swelling around the affected tooth. In some cases, endodontic surgery can save a portion of the tooth if part of the fractured root is removed. Otherwise, extraction is needed since the tooth’s stability is compromised.

If you suspect you have a cracked tooth, do not delay seeing your dentist or contacting our office at West Bradenton Office Phone Number 941-792-4166. Early evaluation and treatment are crucial to saving your tooth and protecting against complications such as infection and tooth loss.

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