Cracked teeth not only look bad but also can cause discomfort, infections, and other complications. Depending on how badly a tooth is cracked and what your goals are, our dentist may advise any of several possible treatments. Here is how different degrees of tooth breakage may be handled.
These cracks affect only the surfaces of teeth, making them a cosmetic matter. No treatment may be necessary except to improve appearance. Veneers, bonding, and crowns are possible cosmetic solutions for craze lines.
The cusps at the edges of chewing surfaces can break, especially around old dental fillings. Fortunately, these breaks often do not create infection risks. Our dentist may recommend crowns or fillings to treat broken cusps.
Cracks can vary widely in their location and depth. When a tooth is cracked all of the way into the pulp, bacteria can enter and cause an infection. These cases often require root canal, but cracks extending below the gum line can make extraction necessary.
Vertical cracks can affect tooth crowns, roots, or both. Longer and deeper vertical cracks, which may create a split, can make endodontic treatment impossible or restrict its use to part of a tooth. When roots are cracked, the tooth may have to be extracted.
Treatment can vary widely for a broken tooth. With a prompt exam, patients generally have better chances of saving their tooth and avoiding extraction. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Nazari to learn more about the factors involved in treatment for cracked teeth.
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