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.
Types of Cracks
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.
When a cusp becomes weakened, a fracture may result. The cusp may break off or be removed by a dentist. A fractured cusp rarely damages the pulp, so a root canal is not necessary. Your dentist will usually restore the tooth with a full crown.
Treatable Cracked 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 the loss of the tooth. Therefore, early detection is essential.
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 by the doctors and restoration by your dentist can be used to save a portion of the tooth.
Vertical 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 have to be extracted.
Patient Reviews for Cracked Teeth
Patient Review by audrey W
Dr Silberman I feel was very kind and honest with me about my tooth prognosis. The crack i had made my tooth dead, pain i had been having along jaw was abscess that antibiotics had been keeping at bay and really not appropriate for long term salvage with a root canal and crown. I was in severe pain because this problem had been going on for nearly 3 months and had been misdiagnosed because crack very small tooth did not show decay . Dr Silberman referred me to oral surgeon same day I saw him . He made multiple calls to find me a surgeon who would not use general anesthesia because that was what I wanted and actually referred me to the best DR Allen Pulsipher who is both oral surgeon and medical doctor. My tooth was extracted same day and I will have implant in 4 months. Thank you for your honesty and diligence in making sure a new patient to your office received appropriate care.
- audrey W
Patient Review by Melinda H
As always, extremely kind and caring and going beyond what was required
- Melinda H
Patient Review by Regina E
I could not have been more satisfied with my visit. Everything from the facility to the staff and ultimately the doctors, has been an excellent experience. Look no further than Rancho Endodontics!
- Regina E
Patient Review by Danielle P
The staff and dentist were all so friendly and professional. This was my first appt for a consultation. I need to return for a root canal. I’m always anxious about dental procedures, but feel comfortable to put my mouth in their hands.
- Danielle P
Patient Review by Kathy E
Dr Petersen was thorough, patient and explained concerns and possible treatments/outcomes.
- Kathy E
Patient Review by Christeta W
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Patient Review by Spike M
Came in to get 2nd opinion on a cracked tooth and poss root canal. Very easy to talk to and felt very comfortable they were giving me my very best options available.
- Spike M
Patient Review by Pamela H
Very pleased with my service from start to finish!!! An amazing team!!!
- Pamela H
Patient Review by Les M
This was only an evaluation appointment as I do not live near this practice.
- Les M
Patient Review by Paul N
From setting the appointment to researching my insurance converge to the procedure itself everything was flawless. Dr. Roe is very attentive, patient and has a great "bedside manner". The procedure didn't hurt a bit (well almost........................)
- Paul N
Patient Review by Dianna G
I have had 4 root canal's done and some surgery. Never one time did I have a bit of pain, or any problems with the work that was done.The Doctors are very gentle and understand how you feel having to be there. However they are very good at making you comfortable and confident in what they are doing.
- Dianna G
Patient Review by Susanne O
I really enjoyed my visit. Explained what was wrong. Very nice office.
- Susanne O
Patient Review by Kerry P
I have had two root canals performed by Dr. Petterson and he is just wonderful! He is so friendly, professional, and really put me at ease with the procedure. We don't have dental insurance so I can go to any endodontist of my choosing, but I won't go anywhere else.
- Kerry P
Patient Review by Suzanne C
The office was exceptionally clean, professional, and VERY efficient. Glad the Doctor gave me conservative options and did not just say I had to do a root canal that day. I know I will eventually need one and I will return to the office for one, just after my husband had his 2 first.
- Suzanne C
Patient Review by BRIGITTE P
I would recommend this office to everyone . They were awesome!
- BRIGITTE P
Patient Review by Marie M
Dr Roe is very gentle & thoroughly explained to me what was wrong & different options I could take. She's very friendly & easy to talk with.
- Marie M
Patient Review by Caroly A
Very good experience. Thank you.
- Caroly A
Patient Review by Charles K
Dr. Roe provided a very professional consultation and explained her findings in detail, responding to numerous questions.
- Charles K
Patient Review by Annette N
This is a very friendly and professional staff!
- Annette N
Patient Review by Simon S
Doctor and staff were excellent. Showed that they care of patients Would recommend to other
- Simon S