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Cracked Teeth

Cracks in your teeth can happen anytime, but they won’t correct themselves. Cracked teeth can worsen the longer you delay treatment. Get an evaluation and care from a team of endodontists who work to help you save your teeth. At Southwest Endodontics, we offer treatment for cracked teeth Orland Park IL and Geneva locals can depend on. Quality care for a cracked tooth could raise your chances of keeping your natural tooth.

How to Tell If You Have a Cracked Tooth

Cracked teeth are not always obvious to you, especially because you may have symptoms that come and go. Treating a cracked tooth is important because the fracture can worsen and cause severe damage. You might even lose the tooth if the crack causes an infection or extends deep into the tooth.

If you think you have a cracked tooth, schedule a visit with us at Southwest Endodontics for a thorough evaluation and care. Some signs of a cracked tooth to watch out for include the following:

  • Pain after releasing bite pressure
  • Sensitivity to temperature extremes in a tooth
  • Discomfort when chewing
  • Pain that comes and goes
  • Visible cracks on the tooth

Treatment for your cracked tooth as soon as you notice symptoms prevents the most serious complications from tooth fractures, eases your pain, and can save your tooth.

Types of Tooth Cracks

Tooth cracks fall into various categories based on the length and location of the crack. The chances of fixing the damage and saving the tooth depend on the type of crack you have.

Split Tooth

A split tooth usually happens after a crack in a tooth worsens and lengthens until it separates the tooth into parts. Even with the best endodontic care, endodontists cannot save the entire tooth. However, they may be able to let you retain a portion of it by performing surgery. The sizes of the broken parts of the tooth will determine whether an endodontist can save part of it or if you need extraction.

Vertical Root Fracture

A vertical root fracture is one of the hardest cracks to spot early. These cracks start under the gumline at the tooth root. Like split teeth, those with vertical root fractures may require endodontic surgery to preserve a portion of the tooth.

Broken Cuspid Above the Gum Line

The biting surface of the tooth above the gum line is the cuspid. This portion of the tooth regularly experiences pressure and force through daily biting. However, if you grind or use your teeth to break open bottles or packages, you could put unnecessary pressure on the cuspids and cause fractures.

The good news about a broken cuspid above the gumline is that the damage typically does not reach the pulp. If the damage only affects the top of the tooth, you don’t need a root canal treatment to correct it. However, you will likely need a crown after removing the broken part of the tooth.

Cracked Tooth

A crack in a tooth can start at the biting area and stretch down toward the root. The best chance for saving teeth with cracks from the biting surface is when the crack stops before the gumline. If you don’t get treatment for this damage, the crack could grow longer until you have a split tooth.

Craze Lines

Craze lines might look like fine cracks in your teeth. However, these lines do not impact the health of the teeth. They are only cosmetic issues that often affect the enamel of adults. However, if you notice lines on your teeth and feel pain, you may have something more severe than craze lines. Please make an appointment with one of our endodontists to check your teeth.

How We Treat Cracked Teeth at Southwest Endodontics

Treatment for cracked teeth may look different for various patients because the type of crack, its extent of damage, and the patient’s dental health all play into the kind of care needed. Some of the most common treatments for cracked teeth include root canal therapy and endodontic surgery.

Simple cracks in a tooth open the canals inside the tooth to bacteria that live in your mouth. When those bacteria get into the root canals, they cause inflammation of the pulp and pain from the infection.

To correct the pain, endodontists must clean the tooth canals out with root canal treatment. Performing a root canal treatment stops an infection from growing beyond the canals of the tooth and eases the pain. This care for a cracked tooth removes the inflamed pulp and painful nerves. Since the crack and removal of the pulp from the tooth will make the treated tooth weaker than it was before the crack, it will likely need a crown for protection.

In cases of fractures that start at the root end of a tooth or that split the tooth, we may need to do endodontic surgery to treat the base of the crack and help save the tooth. Sometimes, though, cracked teeth have caused such severe damage to the tooth that extraction is the only remaining option. Therefore, you should get treatment as soon as you notice signs of a crack.

Why Choose Southwest Endodontics for Care of Your Cracked Teeth

We use the latest endodontic technology including GentleWave technology  to treat your cracked teeth and help them heal quickly. For instance, our clinic uses the latest in imaging to get the clearest images of your tooth while ensuring minimum radiation exposure. Cone-beam CT scans give our doctors 3D images with 90% less exposure to radiation than older technologies.

If you have a line or visible crack in a tooth, turn to the endodontic practice that uses the best technological tools available to treat the cracked teeth, Geneva, IL, and Orland Park, IL, residents may experience. Contact us at Southwest Endodontics to get the endodontic care you need to increase the chances of saving your cracked tooth.