All cracked teeth exhibit the same symptoms, such as pain while chewing, sensitivity to temperature and a release of biting pressure. If you have a cracked tooth, you may find that you are experiencing significant discomfort and that your day-to-day life is being impacted. There are many types of cracked teeth, and our dentist will carefully examine your mouth to determine which type of crack has occurred and create a treatment plan to restore the tooth to full health and function.
Types of cracked teeth include:
- Craze Lines — These are tiny cracks in the outer enamel of the tooth and do not require treatment unless you are seeking cosmetic improvement of your teeth.
- Fractured Cusps — This type of crack occurs when the cusps (raised points) on top of your teeth weaken and break off. Dental crowns are typically the recommended treatment for this type of crack.
- Cracked Tooth — This type of crack extends from the chewing surface towards the root, in some cases extending below the gumline and into the root to damage the dental pulp. Root canals are often needed to save the tooth.
- Split Tooth — This occurs when a cracked tooth is not treated and the tooth breaks into distinct segments. The tooth may or may not be saved, depending on the position of the tooth and the extent of the damage. If the tooth can be saved, a root canal treatment will be necessary.
- Vertical Root Fracture — These cracks begin at the root and extend towards the chewing surface. Vertical root fractures have no obvious symptoms and may go undiagnosed for some time. This type of crack usually means that the tooth cannot be saved and must be extracted.
Please contact our office at 949-644-0071 to make an appointment with Dr. Jon Glenn or to have any questions about cracked teeth treatments in Newport Beach, California, answered by our dental team.