What Dental Procedures Help to Repair a Cracked Tooth

repair cracked toothYou could get a cracked tooth as a result of injury, worn enamel, chewing hard foods, or other common scenarios.

Are you looking to repair a cracked tooth? You’ll have to start out with getting it examined by a dentist.

As with any broken tooth, Dr. Satnick will first stabilize the tooth and relieve your pain.

Recommendations and treatment for relief may include:

  • Avoid chewing on that tooth for a while to let it rest
  • Adjusting your bite so that your cracked tooth doesn’t experience too much pressure when you use it
  • Taking an anti-inflammatory painkiller
  • Placing a temporary filling to protect the tooth until you can get more permanent treatment done

If the crack is serious in nature, you will need more restorative treatment.

What are your options?

Polishing

Some cracks in teeth – molars, especially – are only superficial stress marks. They are painless and harmless and can usually be buffed away. A minor crack on a front tooth can likely be patched up with dental bonding.

You may have a kind of fracture called a “craze line” if you notice a very thin line in your tooth but have no sensitivity. Not all tooth fractures are painful, so some could be serious without you realizing it. Even if you think it’s nothing, you should still have it looked at.

Crown

The most common way to treat a cracked tooth is to cover it. Dental crowns seal out bacteria and provide structural support if the tooth can’t hold up to pressure on its own.

A dental crown can be made of metal, porcelain, ceramic, or a combination of materials. You may first need a small filling to seal the crack before getting a crown, but until your exam and x-ray, you won’t know for sure.

Root Canal

If the fracture in your tooth has reached the nerve chamber or threatens to, you might need a root canal. Root canals treat more than just decay. Endodontic treatment removes the affected nerve to ward off infection and relieve pain in the event of a cracked tooth.

In a root canal, Dr. Satnick will replace your cracked tooth’s nerve with a rubber filling. Soon after, you’ll get it all covered with a dental crown for added strength.

Extraction

You only need your tooth removed as a last-resort when it’s not worth trying anything else. If the crack goes so deep that the tooth can’t stay together, it may mean that the tooth should be pulled.

It’s also possible for the symptoms to continue after a root canal, meaning the tooth should be extracted anyway.

Which option you need to repair your cracked tooth will depend on the size and location of the fracture. Dr. Satnick can assess your tooth and let you know which solution is the best.

Fractured teeth can cause pain and difficulty eating. They can even become infected if not treated. So there’s no time to waste – you need a Ventura dental office to fix your cracked tooth.

Dr. David Satnick DMD is the expert to call. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation.

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