Pain when biting or chewing or sensitivity to hot or cold could be an indication of a cracked tooth. Even a crack too small to see with the naked eye can cause these symptoms and needs to be treated to prevent the crack from spreading or the tooth being lost. Our Westwood emergency dentist at Mid-County Endodontic Group specializes in diagnosing and treating cracked teeth. A cracked tooth can allow infections to settle in below the surface of the tooth in the soft pulp area. This can cause serious pain and lead to the eventual loss of the tooth. Even a tiny crack can lead to a bad infection. Since teeth are lasting longer with the advent of modern dentistry and, therefore, getting more use cracks are more common now than ever before.
The sooner a crack is repaired the better chance the tooth has to lead a long functional life. The experience, training and state-of-the art equipment of our Westwood emergency dentist can help diagnose and treat cracks as soon as they are suspected. Not all crack are the same there are several different types of tooth cracks. A fractured cusp is caused when the pointed part of the tooth’s chewing surface is weakened. Placing a full crown over the tooth treats this type of crack but if the pulp has also been damaged than a root canal is often needed before the crown is placed. In a cracked tooth the crack sometimes begins on the chewing surface and extends down vertically into the root. The pulp is usually damaged and a root canal treatment is necessary. With this type of crack the treatment is not always successful and the tooth may be lost, making early detection and treatment essential.
Another type of crack that is treated by out Westwood emergency dentist is a vertical root fracture, which begins at the root of the tooth and extends towards the chewing surface. The problem with this type of crack is that it often shows minimal symptoms and may go undetected for a long time. According to our doctors many vertical root fractures are detected only when the surrounding gum or bone becomes infected. At this point saving the tooth involves our doctors performing endodontic microsurgery. The best procedure is that once you begin to feel pain when biting or chewing, experience sensitivity to hot or cold come in and let our staff perform an evaluation so that tiny cracks in your teeth can be treated before they become infected or infect the surrounding tissue.