Cracked Tooth Treatment Specialist Q&A
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Cracked tooth treatment specialists are dental professionals who specialize in treating problems with teeth that have become fractured or chipped. They provide a range of services to help their patients restore the function and appearance of their teeth, such as repairing or restoring decayed areas, fixing chipped or broken teeth, and filling cavities. They may also provide other dental services, such as extractions if needed. Cracked tooth treatment specialists may work in a number of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and private practices.
Unfortunately, identifying a cracked tooth can be difficult, especially because it can be hard to get a good look at the many different areas inside the mouth. Oftentimes, there is a vertical hairline fracture that may be nearly invisible to the human eye; sometimes these tiny cracks cannot even be seen on an x-ray. Warning signs of a cracked tooth include:
– Tooth Pain When Biting or Chewing — Although it may not be present all of the time, this can be a good indicator of a cracked tooth.
– Lack of Constant Pain — Cavities and abscesses cause a consistent level of pain, but the pain of a cracked tooth is sporadic. A tooth fracture is likely if the pain is intermittent.
– Increased Sensitivity — A common symptom of a cracked tooth is pain when biting into hot foods or drinking cold liquids; there may even be pain or sensitivity when eating sticky, sweet, or sour foods. This is a sign of a cracked tooth and should be addressed by an endodontist as soon as possible.
– Infection — In certain circumstances, a cracked tooth can lead to an infection in the gum line around the area of the fracture; this infection would look like a small bump on the gum near the tooth.
– No Visible Signs — Often with a cavity, there are visible signs of decay; for instance, a dark spot on the tooth’s surface or an indentation where the enamel has eroded. If tooth pain is present but there are no obvious signs, it may be caused by a cracked tooth.
Unlike a broken bone, which has self-restorative and regenerative powers, the fracture in a cracked tooth will not heal on its own. Despite treatment, some cracks may continue to progress and separate; this may result in loss of the tooth. The placement of a crown on a cracked tooth provides maximum protection, but this is only suitable in certain situations.
Not only will the treatment of a cracked tooth relieve pain and reduce the likelihood that the crack will worsen, but it also provides a promising prognosis: once treated, most cracked teeth continue to function and provide years of comfortable chewing.
The endodontist removes the inflamed or infected pulp, carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the canal (a channel inside the root), then fills and seals the space. Afterward, a crown or other restoration may be placed on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth. Endodontic treatment is the reason why many patients can save their teeth and keep their smiles intact; practitioners in this field have advanced knowledge and experience in how to preserve teeth in cases of extreme damage.
There are a number of reasons that a tooth might crack, including any of the following:
– Biting down on hard foods (ice, candy)
– Stress that leads to jaw clenching/grinding
– Chewing unevenly
– Loss of tooth structure due to wear
– Exposure to contrasting temperature extremes (such as eating hot food, then drinking ice-cold water)
– Brittleness of teeth following a root canal
If you have a cracked tooth, the professionals at JC Endodontics can help restore your smile. Call us today or book an appointment with our cracked tooth treatment specialist, or visit our practice conveniently located at 200 W 57th Street, #808, New York, NY 10019. We serve patients from all parts of NYC – Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn; including Midtown Manhattan, Hells Kitchen, Theatre District, Upper East Side Manhattan, Upper West Side Manhattan, Financial District Manhattan, Wall Street area, Williamsburg Brooklyn, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Green Point Brooklyn, and Astoria Queens, Long Island City NY.