What Are Cracked Teeth?
Teeth may crack due to injury or wear and tear. These cracks may start small but progress to the point where the tooth splits into pieces. The earlier a patient receives treatment for a cracked tooth, the more likely it is that the endodontist can preserve the tooth for several more years.
Symptoms of Cracked Teeth
Since symptoms may be erratic, it is often difficult for dentists and patients to pinpoint which tooth is causing the problem. Patients may experience one or more of the following:
- Unpredictable pain when chewing
- Sudden and severe sensitivity to hot and cold
- Pain that comes and goes
Treatment of Cracked Teeth
Cracked teeth are often treatable if the crack does not extend into the root. The endodontist can treat cracked teeth with a root canal and crown placement.
If the root becomes cracked below the gum line, the endodontist will likely recommend that the patient have the tooth extracted.
Why Choose Rhode Island Endodontics?
We maintain a modern, technologically advanced practice where patient needs come first. Our Board Certified endodontist, Dr. Uzman Fazli, DMD, expertly treats dental issues to relieve pain and prevent future problems. We have a convenient central location on Bald Hill Road in Warwick, RI.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cracked Teeth
You may not experience symptoms at first, but as the crack grows, its effects on the nerves and pulp will grow. Extreme sensitivity to heat and cold is often one of the first signs. You may have pain when chewing, especially when opening your mouth.
Trauma, teeth grinding, and an uneven dental bite are three of the top causes of cracked teeth.
Unlike bones, teeth cannot heal after they break. The endodontist will stabilize the tooth to the best of their ability using a root canal and crown. However, even cracked teeth with successful root canals may eventually need extraction.
Sensible self-care can prevent many cracked teeth, but in some cases, the problem comes from normal wear and tear.
To lessen your chances of experiencing cracked teeth, avoid chewing on hard objects like unpopped popcorn, ice, or non-food objects like pens.
If you habitually clench or grind your teeth, try to stop. Wearing a custom night guard from your dentist can make a huge difference if you grind your teeth at night.
People who play sports should wear mouthguards to protect their teeth from cracks and other traumatic injuries.
Call Rhode Island Endodontics
Cracked teeth can cause major discomfort. Endodontists can relieve your pain and preserve the future function of your teeth. Call Rhode Island Endodontics at 401-337-9150 for an appointment or to learn more about our services.