There are various types of cracked teeth. The treatment for restoring your tooth and smile depends on the specific kind of crack that has affected the tooth.
All cracked teeth share similar symptoms, such as pain when chewing, sensitivity to temperature, and discomfort when releasing biting pressure. They may also cause occasional pain, making it challenging to pinpoint the exact source of your discomfort.
Different types of cracked teeth include:
- Craze lines: These are small cracks in the outer enamel of the tooth. They are typically superficial and often don’t require treatment unless you’re seeking cosmetic enhancement.
- Fractured cusps: These cracks occur when the raised points (cusps) on the tooth’s surface weaken and break off. Typically, crowns are recommended to restore teeth with fractured cusps.
- Cracked tooth: This type of crack starts from the chewing surface and extends towards the tooth’s root. In severe cases, the crack reaches below the gumline and into the root, often affecting the tooth’s pulp. Root canals are necessary to save the tooth.
- Split tooth: It occurs when a cracked tooth is left untreated, resulting in the tooth breaking into distinct segments. Whether the tooth can be saved depends on the tooth’s position and the extent of the damage. Endodontic treatment or retreatment may be required if the tooth is salvageable.
- Vertical root fracture: These fractures start at the root and extend toward the tooth’s surface. It’s tough to identify this crack early on, and it may go undiagnosed. Usually, the tooth will need extraction. If it’s possible to save the tooth, an endodontic surgery will be necessary.
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