Endodontics (Cracked Tooth)

Posted on: January 16, 2013

Patients in Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, Duluth, or North Atlanta, Georgia who have cracked teeth may experience pain or sensitivity as a result. This can eventually affect the root of the tooth and require endodontics, which can be treated here at Old Alabama Dental Care.

What is endodontics?

Endodontics is a dental specialty that involves treating the root, pulp, and soft tissue below a tooth. Proficiency requires special education and training. A number of conditions are best treated by an endodontic specialist including root canals, abscessed teeth and cracked teeth.

What causes cracked teeth?

A number of conditions can lead to cracked teeth including the following:

  • Grinding the teeth
  • Accidents
  • Eating hard foods
  • Wear and tear due to age
  • Filling or crown that breaks loose
  • Tooth decay

What are some signs of a cracked tooth?

In some cases, the crack may be visible, but in other instances it will only be apparent after having a dental x-ray. Some signs that could indicate a tooth is cracked include the following:

  • Sharp pain when eating
  • Extreme sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Toothaches
  • Pockets of infection, which indicates a crack below the gum line

How are cracked teeth treated?

This can depend on the type of crack and where it is located. Whenever a crack is only on the surface of the tooth, it can often be repaired with a filling or crown. Should the crack extend into the root of the tooth, a root canal might be required instead. In severe instances, the tooth may need to be extracted. Dr. Taylor will recommend a cracked tooth treatment based upon the results of a dental x-ray and oral examination.

Why is it important to treat a cracked tooth?

A cracked tooth cannot repair itself and may become more severe over time. Should the crack allow bacteria to enter the root of the tooth, a severe infection could result. The only way to prevent more damage to the tooth and alleviate any pain that’s caused by this fracture is to seek treatment from a dentist as soon as possible.

Are there any special concerns surrounding the treatment of cracked teeth?

Local anesthesia will be administered during treatment. Some conditions will require multiple sessions in order to restore the tooth to the best condition possible. Patients sometimes have difficulty chewing for a few days after having a procedure performed.

Cracked teeth can be a serious dental problem; however, patients in Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, Duluth, or North Atlanta, Georgia can find relief via endodontics here at Old Alabama Dental Care. For an appointment, call the clinic at[RS_phone format_type=”1″].