Cracked teeth can cause tooth pain and other dental problems when left untreated, including infections in the pulp, or nerves, of your teeth. Dr. Paul Hanna offers several treatments to help restore your cracked teeth so that you can enjoy good oral health. If you are experiencing tooth pain due to cracked teeth in New London, Connecticut, please contact our office at 860-442-3323 to make an appointment so that we can correct the source of your discomfort.
There are many symptoms of cracked teeth, including pain while chewing, the release of biting pressure, sensitivity to temperature, and intermittent pain. Additionally, the motion of chewing can cause the cracked pieces of your tooth to shift, causing irritation in the pulp of your teeth, and eventually leading to infection and severe damage, which may even spread into the bone and gum surrounding your cracked tooth.
Cracked teeth come in all shapes and sizes. Some of the most common types of cracked teeth include:
- Craze Lines – Tiny cracks that affect only the outer enamel of the teeth. This type of crack is common in adults. It is superficial in nature, and does not usually need treatment.
- Fractured Cusps – This type of crack occurs when the cusps (points) of the teeth are weakened. Cusps may break off on their own or be removed by our dentist. This type of crack rarely causes damage to the pulp, and can be easily treated using a dental crown.
- Cracked Tooth – This crack extends from the chewing surface vertically to the root. It may extend below the gum line and into the root. Damage to the pulp is common with this type of crack, and root canal treatment is usually needed to save the tooth.
- Split Tooth – This type of crack usually occurs as the result of an untreated cracked tooth. It is identified by the distinct segments of cracking in the affected tooth. Whether or not any of the tooth can be saved is determined by the extent of the damage.
- Vertical Root Fracture – This type of crack begins at the roots of the teeth and extends toward the chewing surfaces. There are very few obvious symptoms, and a vertical root fracture may go unnoticed for a long time. Extraction is usually needed to treat this type of crack.
For more information on cracked teeth and tooth pain, please contact our practice today. Our dentist and team will work with you to determine the source of your pain, and the type of crack in your teeth and provide an appropriate treatment.