Culver City Premium Dental Care

Treating a Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth can be a noticeable dental concern that requires prompt attention to prevent further damage and restore your dental health. At Culver City Premium Dental Care, our team provides comprehensive solutions for cracked teeth to ensure you maintain a healthy, functional smile.

Cracks in teeth can have a number of causes, including trauma from an accident, biting on hard objects, grinding teeth (bruxism), and age-related wear and tear. Cracks can vary in size and severity, ranging from minor surface cracks (craze lines) to deeper fractures that extend into the tooth’s root.

Common symptoms of a cracked tooth include pain when chewing, sensitivity to temperature changes, discomfort when biting, and swelling around the affected tooth In some cases, a cracked tooth may not create noticeable symptoms, which means regular dental checkups are important for early detection. 

Types of Cracks and Their Treatments

Craze Lines

Craze lines are small, superficial cracks that are seen in the outer enamel. These are often harmless and generally do not require treatment. However, if their appearance is a cosmetic concern, our cosmetic dentist can discuss options such as teeth whitening or bonding to improve appearance. 

Fractured Cusp

A fractured cusp occurs when a piece of the tooth’s chewing surface breaks off, often around a dental filling. While this type of crack usually does not affect the tooth’s pulp (nerve), it requires repair to prevent additional damage. Treatment typically involves replacing the lost cusp with a dental crown or filling to restore the tooth’s function and aesthetics.

Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth is a more serious condition where a crack extends from the chewing surface towards the root. If the crack is caught early and does not extend below the gumline, the tooth can often be saved with a crown, which encases the entire tooth to prevent further damage.. If the crack affects the pulp, root canal therapy may be required to remove the damaged tissue before placing the crown.

Split Tooth

A split tooth is a more challenging condition where the tooth is split into two or more distinct segments. The treatments available depend on the extent of the damage. In some cases, the tooth may need to be extracted if it cannot be repaired. If possible, a portion of the tooth may be preserved with a root canal and crown.

Vertical Root Fracture

Vertical root fractures start at the tooth’s root and extend towards the chewing surface. These fractures may not often turn out to be salvageable. Extraction is usually the recommended treatment to prevent further complications.

Prompt Treatment and Preventive Measures

Addressing a cracked tooth promptly is crucial to prevent infection, further damage, and tooth loss. Delaying treatment can lead to the crack extending deeper into the tooth, making it more challenging to repair and potentially requiring more extensive options.

To reduce the risk of cracking a tooth, practice good oral hygiene, avoid biting on hard objects such as ice and popcorn kernels, and wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth or engage in contact sports.

If you believe you are affected by a cracked tooth, contact Culver City Premium Dental Care immediately. Our experienced team will evaluate the extent of the damage and provide personalized treatment to restore your tooth and protect your oral health.

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