Repairing Cracked Teeth at Worcester Endodontics
Cracked teeth demonstrate many types of symptoms, including pain when chewing, sensitivity to temperature, or even pain on the release of biting pressure. It's also common for pain to come and go, making it difficult to diagnose the cause of discomfort. Chewing can cause movement of the cracked pieces of your tooth, and the pulp within the tooth becomes irritated. At the same time, when biting pressure is released, the crack can close quickly, resulting in sharp pain. Eventually, the pulp will become damaged and tooth will consistently hurt, even when you are not chewing. It is possible that cracks can lead to infection of the pulp tissue, which can spread to the surrounding bone and gum.
Skilled endodontists of Worcester Endodontics is dedicated to helping patients with a variety of solutions for cracked teeth. Contact Worcester Endodontics today if you need assistance with restoring your overall oral health.
Teeth with cracks can often be saved if the symptoms are diagnosed and treated early, which is why Dr. Stern, Dr. Sarraf, Dr. Guzek and Dr. Shnaydman emphasize the benefit of preventive dentistry along with a timely response to restorative needs at Worcester Endodontics.
Types of Cracks
These are tiny cracks that only affect the outer enamel of the tooth. These cracks are more common in adults. These types of cracks are superficial and are usually of no concern; however, our Worcester, MA team can take a look if you’re worried about extenuating damage.
When a cusp becomes weakened, a fracture may result. The cusp may break off or be removed by a dentist. A fractured cusp rarely damages the pulp, so root canal is not necessary. The Worcester Endodontics team will usually restore the tooth with a full crown.
This type of crack extends from the chewing surface of the tooth and vertically migrates towards the root. In some cases, the crack may extend below the gum line. It is possible for the crack to extend further into the root, and damage the pulp. In this case, root canal therapy from Dr. Stern, Dr. Sarraf, Dr. Guzek or Dr. Shnaydman is usually necessary. A cracked tooth that is not treated will worsen, resulting in its loss. Therefore, early detection is essential. Talk to Worcester Endodontics today to learn more.
A split tooth is usually the result of an untreated cracked tooth. It can be identified by a crack with distinct segments that are mobile. This type of tooth can never be saved intact if it can be saved at all. Yet, the position and extent of the problem will dictate whether any portion can be saved. Endodontic treatment and restoration at Worcester Endodontics can be used to save a portion of the tooth.
Vertical Root Fracture
A vertical root fracture begins at the root and extends towards the chewing surface of the tooth. Unfortunately, they show minimal symptoms and may go unnoticed. Treatment involves endodontic surgery at our Worcester, MA practice if a portion of the tooth can be saved by removal of the fractured root. Otherwise, it will have to be extracted.
Dr. Karyn Stern, Dr. Ali Sarraf, Dr. Guzek and Dr. Shnaydman help patients with cracked teeth from Worcester, Auburn, Millbury, Shrewsbury, Marlborough, and the surrounding Massachusetts communities. If this is going to be your first visit to Worcester Endodontics, check out our patient information page, which we have listed for your convenience.
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