About Cracked Teeth
Caused by physical trauma or chronic stress on the enamel, such as from teeth grinding, a cracked tooth can cause pain and make it difficult to function normally. There are many types of cracks that can occur in the teeth, including craze lines, a fractured cusp, a split tooth, and a vertical root fracture. The way the crack is classified depends on the depth and location of the crack on the tooth, which also helps determines the best way to treat the tooth. Some Avon, CT patients have teeth that exhibit symptoms associated with a cracked tooth yet show no obvious signs of a crack. This is known as cracked tooth syndrome. If you have symptoms of a cracked tooth or cracked tooth syndrome, it important to get professional help at Avon Dental Group as soon as possible. A tooth crack cannot be healed; however, our talented general dentists can often repair it so that your tooth can remain intact and your comfort can be restored.
Do You Have Symptoms?
There are many symptoms that may indicate the presence of a cracked tooth. Most frequently, you will experience pain when you put any pressure on the tooth, especially when eating. You may also have sensitivity whenever your tooth is exposed to hot and cold temperatures. If our team suspects that your tooth is cracked or fractured, we will examine the tooth and take digital x-rays to properly diagnosis the condition. The results of these diagnostic procedures will help us determine the best method of care for your damaged tooth.
The Treatment Process
The goal of treating a cracked tooth is to either prevent infection and further damage or fully remove an existing infection. To treat a fractured cusp or minor crack, a filling or crown may be used to repair the tooth and prevent the crack from expanding. If the crack reaches into the pulp (or center portion of the tooth), then a root canal treatment might be needed. For a split tooth or vertical root fracture, endodontic surgery might be the best course of care. The tooth may require extraction in some cases, such as if a repair through restorative or endodontic treatment is not possible.
After Cracked Tooth Treatment
Since the recovery process will depend on your treatment, our team will provide appropriate follow-up instructions once your procedure is complete. It is best to avoid eating ice, hard candies, or other foods that could potentially expand or reopen the crack. If the crack was created by bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching), we may suggest a custom night guard for you to wear while you sleep. We can also help you identify and prevent other factors in your life that may be contributing to a cracked tooth or cracked tooth syndrome. During your routine dental checkup visits at our Avon, CT practice, our team will continue to watch the cracked tooth as well as your overall dental health to help maintain your comfort and oral function.
Treatments for a cracked tooth are generally considered medically necessary and may be covered, at least in part, by dental insurance. Prior to treatment, we will talk to your insurance company and inform you of any potential out-of-pocket costs. Avon Dental Group accepts many payment methods and can provide you with information on no-interest patient financing options.
Overcome a Cracked Tooth
Cracked teeth can be painful and may lead to larger dental concerns without proper treatment from an experienced team. At Avon Dental Group, our experienced dentists work to diagnose your cracked tooth and treat it as quickly as possible to bring health and comfort to your smile once again. For more information on treating cracked teeth or cracked tooth syndrome, contact our Avon, CT practice today and reserve a consultation with one of our caring dentists.