Of the many issues that can cause discomfort in your teeth, a cracked tooth ranks among the most dangerous. Cracks can vary in position and severity, and while some cracked teeth can be saved with a minor procedure, others may require endodontic surgery or an extraction if it cannot be saved. With extensive experience in restoring the smiles of our grateful patients, Miami dentist, Dr. Garg, explains the different ways in which your tooth can crack and the techniques that can save them.
A typical tooth crack runs vertically from the top of the crown downward. The further down the crack extends, the more vulnerable your tooth is to infection. Treatment usually involves a root canal procedure to clear away bacteria and infected tissue from your tooth’s inner chambers. Afterwards, a dental crown can be placed over the tooth to reinforce its structure and protect it from further damage. In some cases, however, the crack isn’t as straight-forward.
When one of the raised parts of your tooth’s chewing surface, called cusps, becomes fractured, it may break off on its own. If it remains, however, Dr. Garg will remove the broken cusp, and perhaps place a crown for additional protection.
If left untreated, a cracked tooth can extend beyond the inner chambers and past the root, causing your tooth to split completely. A split tooth is difficult to save, and typically requires an extraction. Replacing the tooth with a dental implant-supported crown can help restore your smile and stave off resulting jawbone deterioration.
Vertical Root Fracture
In some cases, the crack in your tooth can begin at the bottom of the root and work its way upward. When caught early, surgery can often correct the problem. Otherwise, the tooth may require extraction.
Save Your Teeth with Help from Miami Dentist
If you suffer from tooth discomfort and suspect that one or more of your teeth are cracked, contact your Miami dentist at the Center for Complete Dentistry by calling 305-935-4991, or visit our website to schedule your appointment online. Located in the 33180 area, we proudly serve patients from Miami, Highland Lakes, North Miami Beach, and the surrounding communities.