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By Frank Gordon Jr DDS
December 31, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth  

Did you hear a strange sound when you bite into a hard piece of food or used your teeth to open a package? You may have cracked a tooth. Cracks require prompt treatment by your Flint, MI, endodontist, Dr. Frank Gordon.

How cracked teeth can affect your oral health

Ignoring cracks can increase your risk of developing dental problems that could put your tooth at risk. Damage to the tooth pulp is common after a tooth crack. The pulp is a collection of soft tissues, nerves, and blood vessels in the center of your tooth. After a crack, the pulp can become inflamed or infected.

Cracks also create openings in your teeth that allow bacteria to enter. Once inside, bacteria can soon travel to the center of your tooth, irritating or infecting the pulp.

Treatment options for cracked teeth

Treatments for cracked teeth vary depending on the extent of the damage. Superficial cracks in your tooth enamel generally don't require any treatment, although you may want to improve the appearance of the tooth with bonding or a veneer.

If a piece of your tooth broke off, but the pulp isn't damaged, you may need a dental crown. Hollow crowns are made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, or resin and are cemented over the tooth once it's been reduced in size. Crowns end the pain that can occur when the edges of the break are exposed to the air and also restore the normal appearance of your teeth.

Tooth extraction may be the only option if a crack extends beyond the gum line. If the crack starts in the root, removing the affected root might be an option.

During your visit to the Flint dental office, your endodontist may recommend a root canal if your pulp is damaged, inflamed, or infected. After you receive a local anesthetic to numb your mouth, your endodontist opens the tooth and removes the pulp. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned and the tiny root canals that travel from the roots to the top of the tooth are cleaned and shaped with tiny files.

Your endodontist restores your tooth by placing a filling made of a rubber-based material in it. During your first root canal appointment, you'll receive a temporary filling and return for a permanent filling at your second appointment. Root canals preserve inflamed and infected teeth and help you avoid tooth loss.

Have you cracked a tooth? Call your endodontist in Flint, MI, Dr. Frank Gordon, at (810) 230-0990 to schedule your appointment.


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