Cracked teeth can cause serious discomfort and may result in significant damage to your teeth and oral health if not promptly treated. Our experienced dentist and team offer a variety of treatments to help restore your cracked teeth and give you back a healthy smile. As the type of treatment you need will depend on the type of crack that has damaged your tooth, we will thoroughly examine your mouth to diagnose exactly which type of crack has impacted your oral health.
All cracked teeth exhibit the same symptoms. These symptoms include:
- Pain while chewing
- Sensitivity to temperature
- Release of biting pressure
- Intermittent pain
Common types of cracked teeth include:
- Craze lines — These are tiny cracks in the enamel of your teeth. Craze lines are superficial and usually do not need treatment unless you are seeking cosmetic improvement of your teeth.
- Fractured cusps — This type of crack occurs when the raised points on your teeth (the cusps) weaken and break off. Our dentist may recommend a dental crown to repair a tooth with fractured cusps.
- Cracked tooth — This type of crack extends from the chewing surface towards the tooth root and in some cases extends below the gumline. Root canals are usually needed to treat this type of cracking, as damage to the dental pulp is common.
- Split tooth — You will develop a split tooth if your cracked tooth is not treated. This type of crack causes the tooth to break into distinct segments. If the tooth can be saved, a root canal will be needed, but in some cases, the tooth may need to be extracted and replaced.
- Vertical root fractures — This type of crack begins at the tooth root and extends towards the chewing surface of the tooth. A vertical root fracture has no obvious symptoms, so it may go undiagnosed for a long time as a result. In most cases, a tooth with this type of cracking will need to be extracted and replaced.
If you have any questions about cracked teeth treatments in Sterling Heights, Michigan, or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bruno Giglio, please contact MI Smile Team today at 586-254-3860.