With the highest tech equipment available, such as microscope endodontics and digital radiography, the endodontists at Rockland Endodontics are able to efficiently treat patients with a high success rate. With more sophisticated endodontic procedures, dentists are helping people keep their teeth longer. However, bad habits, such as clenching, grinding or chewing on hard objects make your teeth more susceptible to cracks. There are many different varieties of cracked teeth. Rockland cracked tooth treatment will vary depending on the type, location and extent of the crack.
Two common cracked teeth are craze lines and fractured cusps. A craze line is a tiny crack that affects only the outer enamel. Because it is a very shallow crack is usually does not cause any pain and is usually treated for aesthetic reasons. This type of cracked tooth is extremely common in adults. Fractured cusps occur when the pointed part on the crown of your tooth becomes weakened and either breaks off by itself or may have to be removed by a dentist. Fractured cusps rarely damage the pulp of the tooth, avoiding the need for root canal treatment at Rockland Endodontics in Pearl River, however, the tooth will usually be restored by a full dental crown.
A more extreme case of cracked tooth is when the crack extends from the chewing surface of the tooth towards the root. It may not be completely separated into two distinct segments, but it does cause damage to the pulp. Your Pearl River endodontist can restore your tooth with a crown to hold the pieces together and protect the cracked tooth. However, if the crack extends bellow the gum tissue, it may need to be removed. Seek treatment immediately at Rockland Endodontics, because cracks can lead to infections in the pulp tissue which can spread to the gum and bone surrounding the cracked tooth.
A cracked tooth usually shows a variety of symptoms, including pain when chewing, release of biting pressure, or pain when tooth is exposed to temperature extremes. In most cases of cracked tooth, the pain may come and go. While cracked teeth are not completely preventable, there are ways to make your teeth less susceptible to cracks. If you find that you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep, contact your dentist at Rockland Endodontics about wearing a mouthguard or retainer.