Cracked Teeth Treatment in Frisco
Cragun Endodontics handles cracked teeth in Frisco, TX. Call 469-579-4201 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
Endodontists save teeth. Regardless of what type of crack your tooth has, there are endodontic procedures that can help to fix it.
Craze lines are tiny cracks that don’t go any further than the outer enamel. Many adults have them and, aside from aesthetics, they don’t cause pain and are often of no real concern.
Cracked tooth has a crack extending from its surface down toward the root. The tooth is still in one piece, but it is only a matter of time until it spreads open. If the crack reaches the pulp, a root canal will be necessary and the tooth can be saved. But if the crack reaches below the gum line, it will require extraction.
Fractured cusp is when a piece of the tooth’s chewing surface breaks off in a little piece or chunk, usually around a filing. This is common and can be fixed with a new filling or crown.
Split tooth is one that usually stems from a cracked tooth that was left untreated. The crack will clearly appear to have two separate pieces. Unfortunately, the entire tooth cannot be saved. An endodontist can attempt to save a portion of the tooth and work to have it fully restored.
Vertical root fractures are those deep within a tooth. They aren’t visible but are often found because the bone and gums around them get infected. Vertical root fractures start at the bottom and work their way up. Endodontic surgery or extraction are usually your two options based on the fracture.
Signs You May Have a Cracked Tooth
Some cracks are not able to be seen with the naked eye. In fact, you may not even realize that your tooth is cracked at all. Then others may be cracked and you can feel it - even if you aren’t sure why you are experiencing the symptoms. Knowing what to look for can signal you to respond promptly.
Below are some of the common signs of a cracked tooth.
- Intermittent pain, not chronic pain.
- Sensitivity to hot/cold food and beverages.
- Sensitivity to sweet treats.
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Swelling of the gums around the cracked tooth
Should you be experiencing any of the above, contact your endodontist right away.
Why Choose Cragun Endodontics?
At Cragun Endodontics, our patient-focused approach helps to address your cracked tooth quickly. We will keep you comfortable as we move forward with treating your tooth - and relieving you from pain.
With state-of-the-art technology and over 9 years of Board Certified experience, Dr. Cragun can use the most advanced procedures to help save your tooth and restore it to full functionality. You won’t be let down by his skill.
We know that a cracked tooth is never something on the top of your to-do list and it is never planned for which often leaves you inconvenienced when you have to make that dental appointment. That’s why we do our best to get you seen and treated right away so you can get back to living your life fully.
Cragun Endodontics is:
- A leader in the field of endodontics
- Dedicated to patient comfort
- Committed to excellence in service
Can a cracked tooth heal itself?
Generally, no. A cracked tooth should be addressed immediately to have the best chance at saving the tooth. However, for those superficial cracks on the surface, the natural process of remineralization can actually heal the lines over time.
Can a cracked tooth get infected?
Yes. If a cracked tooth is left untreated, it very well can become infected. The crack leaves the inside of the tooth vulnerable to bacteria. This can spread throughout the tooth and cause many different problems in the future.
Is a cracked tooth an emergency?
It depends on the type of crack. If the crack is causing you severe pain, then this is a dental emergency and you should contact your endodontist immediately. For small cracks in which the tooth is still intact and there is no pain, you should call and make an appointment as soon as possible though it may not be a dental emergency.
What can make cracked teeth hurt so much?
Most often when cracked teeth hurt it is because the crack reaches into the interior of the tooth and aggravates the pulp. With this area exposed, it can be overly sensitive to hot/cold food and beverages as well as susceptible to harmful bacteria.
What if my tooth is broken but doesn’t hurt?
This is common, but still should be addressed with your endodontist to make sure the tooth has not died.
If you would like to learn more or are ready to schedule an appointment, call 469-579-4201.