Beyond being a problem in and of themselves, cracked teeth can cause serious damage to the soft tissues and nerves of your teeth. If the damage becomes severe enough, our dentist may even recommend oral surgery to help restore your oral health. Please call us at 812-476-6064 to learn more about treatments for cracked teeth in Evansville, Indiana, and make your appointment with Dr. Bradley Bath.
While there are many types of cracked teeth, all cracked teeth have the same symptoms. Symptoms of cracked teeth include pain while chewing, sensitivity to hot and cold foods or drinks, and a release of biting pressure. It is also common to experience intermittent pain, which can make diagnosing the exact cause of your dental problem difficult.
Types of cracked teeth include:
- Craze Lines – This type of crack is superficial, and only affects the outer enamel of the tooth. They are not a cause for concern, and are usually treated with cosmetic procedures when they are treated at all.
- Fractured Cusps – this type of crack occurs when the raised points of your teeth become weakened and break off. Dental crowns are the usual treatment for restoring the tooth.
- Cracked Tooth – cracked teeth are characterized by fractures that extend from the chewing surfaces towards the root of the tooth, sometimes even extending below the gum line and into the root itself. This type of crack can cause damage to the pulp, and can lead to an extraction if left untreated.
- Split Tooth – if your cracked tooth is left untreated, it may develop into a split tooth. Split teeth break into distinct segments. You may or may not be able to save your tooth.
- Vertical Root Fracture – vertical root fractures begin at the root and extend toward the chewing surfaces. There are no obvious symptoms for this type of crack, and it may go unnoticed for a long time. Teeth that experience this type of crack are almost always extracted.
For more information on cracked teeth and the treatments provided at our office, please give us a call today.