Cracked Teeth, Marty J Saltzman DDS LLC, Baton Rouge LA, 225.291.3636

Cracked Teeth, Marty J Saltzman DDS LLC, Baton Rouge LA, 225.291.3636 Cracked teeth show a variety of symptoms, including erratic pain when chewing, possibly with release of biting pressure, or pain when your tooth is exposed to temperature extremes. In many cases, the pain may come and go, and dentists may have difficulty locating which tooth is causing the discomfort.

The endodontist's special training and experience can be valuable when a cracked tooth is suspected. Cracks can lead to infection of the pulp tissue, which can spread to the bone and gum tissue surrounding the tooth.

Types of Cracks

There are many different types of cracked teeth. The treatment and outcome for your tooth depends on the type, location, and severity of the crack.

Craze Lines

Craze lines are tiny cracks that affect only the outer enamel. These cracks are extremely common in adult teeth. Craze lines are very shallow, cause no pain, and are of no concern beyond appearances.

Cracked Teeth, Marty J Saltzman DDS LLC, Baton Rouge LA, 225.291.3636Fractured Cusp

When a cusp (the pointed part of the chewing surface) becomes weakened, a fracture sometimes results. The weakened cusp may break off by itself or may have to be removed by the dentist. When this happens, the pain will usually be relieved. A fractured cusp rarely damages the pulp, so root canal treatment is seldom needed. The tooth will usually be restored by your dentist with a full crown.

Cracked Tooth

Cracked Teeth, Marty J Saltzman DDS LLC, Baton Rouge LA, 225.291.3636This crack extends from the chewing surface of the tooth vertically towards the root. A cracked tooth is not completely separated into two distinct segments. Because of the position of the crack, damage to the pulp is common. Root canal treatment is frequently needed to treat the injured pulp. Your dentist will then restore your tooth with a full crown to bind and protect the cracked tooth. At times, the crack may extend below the gum line, requiring extraction.

Early diagnosis is important. Even with high magnification and special lighting, it is sometimes difficult to determine the extent of a crack. A cracked tooth that is not treated will progressively worsen, eventually resulting in the loss of the tooth. Early diagnosis and treatment are essential in saving these teeth.

Cracked Teeth, Marty J Saltzman DDS LLC, Baton Rouge LA, 225.291.3636

Split Tooth

A split tooth is often the result of the long term progression of a cracked tooth. The split tooth is identified by a crack with distinct segments that can be separated.

A split tooth can never be saved intact.

Vertical Root Fracture

Cracked Teeth, Marty J Saltzman DDS LLC, Baton Rouge LA, 225.291.3636Vertical root fractures are cracks that begin in the root of the tooth and extend toward the chewing surface. They often show minimal signs and symptoms and may therefore go unnoticed for some time. Vertical root fractures are often discovered when the surrounding bone and gum become infected. Treatment usually involves extraction of the tooth. However, endodontic surgery is sometimes appropriate if a portion of the tooth can be saved by removal of the fractured root.

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