Cracked Teeth / Split Teeth and Root Canal Treatments
Cracked Teeth / Split Teeth and Root Canal Treatments in Newmarket, ON
We know many individuals do not find comfort in visiting the dentist. That’s why we built our Newmarket dental office on the foundation of delivering a more relaxing, fun experience—an oasis. Patients should never let fear or distaste for the dentist delay scheduling an appointment to get the necessary treatment.
Symptoms and causes
You may experience various symptoms if you have cracked teeth: pain when chewing, temperature sensitivities, or even pain on the release of biting pressure are just some of the possibilities. It is also common for the pain to come and go, making it sometimes difficult to diagnose the cause of your discomfort.
Chewing can cause movement of your tooth’s cracked pieces, causing the pulp within the tooth to become irritated and create feelings of potentially significant discomfort. Simultaneously, when biting pressure is released, the crack can close quickly, resulting in sharp pain.
Eventually, the pulp will become damaged, and your tooth will always hurt, even when you are not chewing. It is possible for cracks to even lead to infection of the pulp tissue, which can spread to the bone and gums surrounding the problematic tooth.
If you suspect you have a split or cracked tooth in Newmarket, ON, contact our dental office immediately. Enter the oasis at Oasispark Dental and relax as we work to repair, restore, or replace your tooth.
Types of cracks
- Craze Lines: These tiny, superficial cracks only affect the outer enamel of your tooth. They are more common in adults and usually not concerning.
- Fractured Cusp: When a cusp weakens, it may result in a fracture. It may either break off, or your dentist can remove it for you. But since a fractured cusp rarely damages the pulp, a root canal is unnecessary, and we will usually restore the tooth with a full crown.
- Cracked Tooth: This type of crack extends from your tooth’s chewing surface and vertically migrates towards the root. It may extend below the gum line in some cases, and it is possible to expand further into the root. Damage to the pulp is common, so root canal treatment is usually necessary. Leaving a cracked tooth untreated will inevitably result in it worsening and likely losing the tooth. Therefore, early detection is essential.
- Split Tooth: A split tooth usually results from an untreated cracked tooth and can be identified by a crack with distinct segments. This tooth type can never be saved intact, but the actual position and extent of the problem will dictate whether we can save any portion of it. Sometimes, endodontic retreatment and a dental restoration can save a part of the tooth.
- Vertical Root Fracture: A vertical root fracture begins at the root and extends towards the tooth’s chewing surface. Unfortunately, it shows minimal symptoms and may go unnoticed. Treatment involves endodontic surgery if we can save a portion of the tooth by removing the fractured root. Otherwise, we will need to extract your tooth entirely.
Call or email Oasispark Dental today before your cracked or split tooth gets worse. We can schedule you in as soon as possible and welcome you to our dental oasis.