Cracked Teeth Litchfield Park AZ

Cracked teeth demonstrate many types of symptoms, including pain when chewing, temperature sensitivities, or even the release of biting pressure. It is also common for pain to come and go, making it difficult to diagnose the cause of discomfort.

Chewing can cause movement of the cracked pieces of your tooth, and the pulp within the tooth becomes irritated. At the same time, when biting pressure is released, the crack can close quickly, resulting in sharp pain. Eventually, the pulp will become damaged and tooth will consistently hurt, even when you are not chewing. It is possible that cracks 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 Cracks

Craze Lines Rendered Example

Craze lines

These are tiny cracks that only affect the outer enamel of the tooth. These cracks are more common in adults. These types of cracks are superficial and are usually of no concern.

 

picture of cracked toothFractured Cusp

When a cusp becomes weakened, a fracture may result. The cusp may break off or be removed by your dentist. A fractured cusp rarely damages the pulp, so root canal treatment may not be necessary. Your dentist will usually restore the tooth with a full crown.

 

picture of cracked tooth crownCracked Tooth

This type of crack extends from the chewing surface of the tooth and vertically migrates towards the root. In some cases, the crack may extend below the gum line. It is possible for the crack to extend further into the root. Damage to the pulp is commonplace. In this case, root canal treatment is usually necessary. A cracked tooth that is not treated will worsen, resulting in loss of the tooth. Therefore, early detection is essential.

 

picture of cracked tooth crown and rootSplit Tooth

A split tooth is usually the result of an untreated cracked tooth. It can be identified by a crack with distinct segments. This type of tooth can never be saved intact. Yet, the position and extent of the problem will dictate whether any portion of the tooth can be saved. Sometimes, endodontic retreatment and restoration by your dentist can be used to save a portion of the tooth.

 

picture of cracked tooth rootVertical Root Fracture

A vertical root fracture begins at the root and extends towards the chewing surface of the tooth. Unfortunately, they show minimal symptoms and may go unnoticed. Treatment involves endodontic surgery if a portion of the tooth can be saved by removal of the fractured root. Otherwise the tooth will need to be extracted.


For more information about Cracked Teeth or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Thompson, call our office in Litchfield Park, AZ at Litchfield Endodontics Phone Number 623-536-1100.

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