Save Your Smile with Treatments for Tooth Fractures
Dr. Peter Hellwig offers a variety of different restorative dentistry procedures to improve your oral health, including treatments for tooth fractures at our San Diego, CA office. Some cracks or fractures are minor and require minimal treatment. Others, however, may require more extensive treatment to prevent tooth loss. If you have suffered any trauma to your mouth or teeth, we recommend that you undergo a dental exam. Some cracks occur internally, causing damage without your knowledge. To schedule an appointment, contact our office.
Are There Different Types of Fractures?
Yes, there are several different types of fractures. The type of fracture generally dictates the type of treatment needed.
- Cracked Tooth: A cracked tooth is one with a fracture running from the biting or chewing surface that extends downward toward the root. In more severe cases, the crack may extend beyond the gum line and reach the root. This can damage the pulp, or inner tissues, of the tooth.
- Craze Lines: These tiny cracks only affect the enamel, or most outer layer, of the teeth. They are common among adults and do not cause pain. Craze lines are often a cosmetic concern for patients.
- Cracked Cusp: The cusps of your teeth are the pointy parts used to bite and chew. A cracked cusp may eventual break off. This can cause pain in the tooth, especially when biting down.
- Split Tooth: If a cracked tooth remains untreated, the tooth may actually split in two.
What Can Cause a Cracked Tooth?
There are a number of different causes of cracked teeth. Bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching, can cause a lot of pressure on the teeth. This can cause them to crack over time. Large fillings, especially metal fillings, are another common cause of tooth fractures. Oral trauma from vehicular or sports accidents can also lead to cracked teeth. The habit of chewing on hard objects like ice cubes or biting your fingernails can also lead to fractures over time.
How Will I Know if My Tooth Is Cracked?
You may not know if your tooth is cracked, unfortunately. In a lot of cases, if there is any pain at all, it is fleeting. You may notice discomfort when chewing or biting down, or with certain foods that are hot or cold. The only way to truly evaluate the damage to your tooth is to make an appointment with Dr. Hellwig. If you suffered any oral trauma, we recommend coming in right away for an examination.
What Are the Treatments for Tooth Fractures?
There are different treatment options available for different types of tooth fractures:
- Dental Bonding: Using composite resin, Dr. Hellwig can fill small cracks and repair chipped cusps, restoring the shape of the tooth.
- Porcelain Veneers: Veneers can address the same small cracks as dental bonding, but they are stronger and more durable.
- Dental Crowns: Dental crowns are reserved for teeth that have suffered more severe fractures. In many cases, root canal therapy is needed prior to placing the dental crown.
Contact Us Today
If you are experiencing any pain in one or more teeth, contact our dental office to set up an appointment.