A cracked tooth can make an ultimately accurate diagnosis a challenge. Symptoms of pain when chewing can inconsistently come and go, accompanied by temperature sensitivities and discomfort when releasing bite pressure. A cracked tooth can’t always be easily detected by any means except a thorough, professional examination.

A cracked tooth’s shifting pieces can unexpectedly and unpredictably irritate the pulp of blood vessels within it. The manner in which a crack can quickly close when biting pressure releases can also result in sudden, sharp pain. Damage can worsen over time to the point that the pulp becomes so damaged that the affected tooth hurts constantly and can eventually even develop infections that spread to surrounding gums and bone.

Types of Cracks

  • Craze linesThese are tiny cracks that only affect the outer enamel of the tooth. These cracks are more common in adults. These types of cracks are superficial and are usually of no concern.

    Craze lines

  • Fractured CuspWhen a cusp becomes weakened, a fracture may result. The cusp may break off or be removed by a dentist. A fractured cusp rarely damages the pulp, so root canal is not necessary. Dr. Soordhar will usually restore the tooth with a full crown.

    Fractured Cusp

  • Cracked ToothThis type of crack extends from the chewing surface of the tooth and vertically migrates towards the root. In some cases, the crack may extend below the gum line. It is possible for the crack to extend further into the root. Damage to the pulp is commonplace. In this case, root canal treatment is usually necessary. A cracked tooth that is not treated will worsen, resulting in the loss of the tooth. Therefore, early detection is essential.

    Cracked Tooth

  • Split ToothA split tooth is usually the result of an untreated cracked tooth. It can be identified by a crack with distinct segments. This type of tooth can never be saved intact. Yet, the position and extent of the problem will dictate whether any portion of the tooth can be saved. Sometimes, endodontic retreatment by Dr. Soordhar can be used to save a portion of the tooth.

    Split ToothSplit Tooth

  • Vertical Root FractureA vertical root fracture begins at the root and extends towards the chewing surface of the tooth. Unfortunately, they show minimal symptoms and may go unnoticed. Treatment involves endodontic surgery if a portion of the tooth can be saved by removal of the fractured root. Otherwise the tooth will have to be extracted.

    Vertical Root FractureVertical Root Fracture


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