AZ Roots Endodontics in Chandler
Cracked Teeth
Understanding Causes And Solutions For Cracked Teeth
AZ Roots Endodontics in Chandler

Cracked Teeth Repair in Chandler

Teeth, though incredibly resilient, can succumb to cracks due to various factors. Tooth enamel, while being the hardest substance in the human body, can still crack due to everyday stressors. These fractures, also known as cracked teeth, vary in severity. They can range from small, harmless cracks to ones that lead to breakage or splitting. Common triggers for tooth fractures include:

  • Age, often occurring at age 50 and older.
  • Biting hard foods, like ice, candy, or popcorn kernels.
  • Habits such as chewing gum or ice.
  • Using teeth as tools
  • Large dental fillings that weaken the tooth.
  • Teeth grinding (bruxism).
  • Trauma from falls, sports injuries, accidents, or physical harm.

While tooth fractures are more frequent in children and older individuals, anyone can experience them. If you suspect a broken tooth in Chandler, seeking dental attention promptly is crucial.

What Happens When a Tooth Cracks?

Tooth fractures encompass various degrees of severity. Dr. Brandi Molina will categorize the fracture into five main types:

  • Cracked tooth: A vertical crack extending from the biting surface to the gum line, and sometimes to the root.
  • Craze lines (hairline cracks): Thin cracks on the enamel, typically painless.
  • Fractured cusp: A crack forming around a dental filling.
  • Split tooth: A crack that divides the tooth into two parts, reaching below the gum line.
  • Vertical root fracture: Cracks originating below the gum line, possibly leading to infection.

A tooth is considered cracked when it possesses lines on its surface but remains unbroken. On the other hand, a fracture indicates that the tooth is broken or split into segments. Symptoms might not always be evident, but pain, sensitivity, and swelling can occur. Treatment options vary based on the severity and location of the crack.

How do you Repair a Cracked Tooth?

Though a cracked tooth can’t heal naturally, prompt treatment can prevent further damage and infection. At AZ Roots Endodontics, we prioritize timely repair to extend your tooth’s lifespan and prevent complications. While treated teeth can last for years without issues, some cracks may continue to progress, potentially leading to tooth loss.

A tooth with a vertical crack that hasn’t reached the gum line is generally salvageable. However, if the crack extends into the gum line, extraction might be necessary. Acting swiftly offers the best chance of saving the tooth. Dr. Molina can provide tailored solutions to repair cracked teeth, ensuring your dental health remains intact.

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