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Fractured(Cracked) Tooth

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I Fractured(Cracked) My Tooth!

Fracturing or cracking a tooth can happen for a multitude of reasons. Age, grinding of your teeth, trauma, oversized dental fillings or biting hard foods are just a few reasons why this may unfortunately happen. The crack can be small an harmless or other times it may cause your tooth to split or break. Fracturing teeth is more common in older patients and children but may happen to anyone.

Treatment of the fractured tooth depends on the severity if the fracture and where it happened. A broken tooth may feel sensitive or may hurt also some fractures cause no symptoms. The sooner you see our dental team after fracturing your tooth, the higher the chances are of saving that tooth and increasing the odds of repairing the crack rather than risking an extraction later on. Call our dental team right away to get you in today if you are experiencing a crack or fracture in your tooth.

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Treatments For A Fractured Tooth

Treatment for a fractured tooth depends on how much damage has occurred to your tooth. The most common treatments are:

  • Bonding: Composite bonding material is used to edge round and polishing smoothing out the tooth. This is also a great cosmetically enhancing procedure.
  • Crown: A zirconia crown is placed over the fractured tooth as a cap. This is a great way to save the tooth when there is not even tooth structure for a veneer.
  • Extraction: Removing the tooth completely. This is usually a last resort treatment and is performed when the root and nerves of your tooth show severe damage. Bone grafting may be placed to seal the gums with enough bone to place a dental implant in the near future and regain your bites full functionally. Dental implants are the best solution for missing teeth.
  • Root Canal: The removal of damaged pulp to prevent further tooth weakening. This is necessary to prevent further bacteria destroying neighboring teeth.
  • Veneer: A thin layer of porcelain goes over the front of your tooth. A great option when there is enough tooth structure remaining. Dental veneers are also very aesthetically pleasing.


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Types Of Tooth Fractures

Our dental will will exam your tooth by checking for inflammation of the gums, crack lines on your tooth, and taking a digital X-ray. The types of fractures may be broken down into these give categories:

  • Cracked Tooth: A vertical crack running down the biting surface of your tooth. Sometimes it may extend into your gum line and tooths root.
  • Hairline Crack: Small thin cracks that appear on the outer enamel of your tooth. These are typically painless.
  • Fractured Cusp: This crack usually happens when a dental filling that is too large to be placed fails, the crack forms around the dental filling. They usually are not painful.
  • Split Tooth: The crack of the tooth extends down to the tooths surface below your gum line and splits the tooth into two parts. An extraction will most likely need to be performed to save your gums from infection.
  • Vertical Root Fracture: Cracks start from below your tooths gum line and move towards your biting surface. This becomes a problem when your tooth becomes infected. Symptoms then may arise.

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How Can I Manage A Fractured Tooth At Home Until My Appointment?

It’s recommended you place an ice pack on the outside of your mouth to prevent swelling. Rinse your mouth with salt water and take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling. We can normally get you in the same day but if you are having an emergency over the weekend or late at night, these methods will help ease the pain until we can properly treat you with a permanent resolution.

Can I Prevent Fracturing A Tooth?

You can’t prevent every tooth fracture but you can reduce the odds of it happening to you.

  • Avoid chewing hard foods or ice.
  • Practice proper oral hygiene by brushing twice daily and flossing daily.
  • Schedule annual cleanings and exams with our dental team.
  • Wear a nightguard to protect your teeth from grinding at night or if you play sports.

Can A Cracked Tooth Heal?

Cracked or fractured teeth cannot heal but the proper treatment at the right time can save your tooth. Getting your tooth fixed right away lessens the risk of having to loose the tooth and risk getting an infection sooner than latter.

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December 20, 2023
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December 19, 2023
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Rodo Andrade
December 12, 2023
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December 11, 2023
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December 7, 2023
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December 7, 2023
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