Cracked teeth are one of the most common dental injuries in the United States. Trauma is one of the major causes of breaking a tooth, such as suffering an injury in a car accident or while playing a sport. Cracked teeth can also develop from other factors, including age of the tooth, teeth grinding and chewing hard foods.
Cracked teeth can cause pain that comes and goes throughout the day. When you bite down, pieces of the tooth shift, causing pain in the pulp. Symptoms of cracked teeth include:
- Gum swelling around the tooth
- Biting and chewing pain
- Sensitivity to cold or hot foods or drinks
It can be difficult to detect a cracked tooth because the pain is inconsistent. If you suspect you have a broken tooth, please reach out to our office for a free consultation. We can determine the best course of action and if you need a root canal to relieve the symptoms.
What Causes Cracked Teeth?
One of the most common causes of cracked teeth is chewing foods that are hard, such as ice or nuts. Frequent changes in mouth temperature, such as drinking hot coffee then eating ice cream, can also contribute to tooth breakages.
Being hit in the mouth by an object during a sports game can fracture a tooth. You may also incur a broken tooth if your mouth comes in contact with a hard surface in a car accident. People over age 50 are most likely to experience broken teeth, so age can be a factor in the diagnosis.
Types of Fractured Teeth
You may experience several different types of cracks, including:
- Fractured cusp, which often happen near a filling and can lead to pain in the tooth root.
- Craze lines, which are so tiny that they usually do not need treatment.
- Split tooth, which is trauma so severe that only parts of the tooth may be saved.
- Vertical root fracture, which may require tooth extraction because the trauma runs so deep into your gums.
Diagnosing a cracked tooth root or other type of tooth fracture can be difficult. They do not show up on X-rays, and some people do not experience the pain that is usually associated with cracked teeth. Your endodontist will ask you to bite, then examine your teeth with a magnifying device and search for gum inflammation and other indicators of poor dental health.
Cracked Tooth Root Repair
If the crack in your tooth reaches down to the pulp, a root canal provides the best chance of repair. Your endodontist will remove the affected pulp and attempt to reinforce the structural integrity of the tooth. The goal is to avoid infection and strengthen the base of the tooth. In rare cases, your dentist may suggest tooth extraction as a last resort.
Schedule an Appointment for Your Cracked Tooth Today
If you have a cracked tooth, it is important to assess your options right away. Call Midtown Endodontist NYC at 646-665-7208 to schedule an appointment or contact us online to request a free consultation.