Cracked and fractured teeth are common dental problems.
There are several ways people can crack a tooth: - clenching teeth, biting on a hard object, trauma or an accident.
Cracking a tooth can be extremely painful - once pressure has been put on the crack by a biting action as the crack will widen. The pulp and inner workings of the tooth will be exposed and you will feel pain. When the pressure is released again, the two parts of the crack fuse back together and the pain lessens. If this isn’t treated by your dentist, the pulp can become damaged beyond repair and infected causing damage to the bone and soft tissue surrounding the tooth.
Treatment of Cracked teeth
Treatment depends on the extent of damage. Some cracks are clearly visible, others can only be seen in an x-ray.
If the tooth root has been affected, your dentist will recommend root canal therapy.
The pulp, nerves and vessels of the tooth will be removed and the insides will be filled with gutta-percha. You will have a crown or filling on top of the tooth and then you should have a normal working tooth.
If the crack is so severe, the tooth can’t be saved, then your dentist will extract the cracked tooth. Your dentist will give you several options to consider - including bridges, dental implants and partial dentures in order to restore functionality.