When a tooth cracks, it can cause severe pain and discomfort. Smaller and more mild cracks are known as craze lines, and these are typically harmless in nature.
However, when a tooth cracks severely, it can expose the inner pulp of the tooth, creating pain and sensitivity. Treatment for a cracked tooth at our Cypress dental office is necessary when it is to the point of compromising the overall structure of the dentition.
Reasons for a Cracked Tooth
Teeth crack for a variety of reasons, and some causes are even preventable. If you suspect a cracked tooth, it’s important to make an appointment with our office so that we can help to treat the problem. Some of the most common causes of a cracked tooth include:
- Bruxism (tooth grinding)
- Large fillings
- Biting down on a hard object or piece of food
- A tooth that’s recently had a root canal
- Orthodontic treatment that isn’t being monitored
- Dental trauma
When We Need to Treat a Cracked Tooth
“Craze lines” are enamel-deep, and while they might look problematic, they don’t cause any pain or compromise the tooth. Other cracks may affect the tooth and cause sensitivity, pain, and discomfort.
Cracks may extend down below the gum line and require our dentist to extract the tooth. If you suspect that you have a crack in one or more of your teeth, it’s time to come in for an appointment.
Cracked Tooth Treatment in Cypress, TX
Dr. Lori Logan plans your treatment depending on the cause of the cracked tooth. Teeth that have cracked due to trauma, bruxism, and large fillings, require a dental crown to protect the tooth and retain overall function. For teeth that have cracked below the gum line, a full extraction may be necessary.
There isn’t much that we can do for craze line cracks other than placing veneers or dental bonding. An exam and consultation can help in determining the severity of the crack and what can be done for it.
Call Us So We Can Help
If you think you may have a cracked tooth and need treatment, call our Cypress dental office today to schedule an appointment.