Fixing the Cracks: Treatment Options for Tooth Fractures

Treatment for Tooth Fractures – Toronto, ON

This may surprise you to learn, but you could have a fractured tooth right now and not even realize it. Tooth fractures are actually quite common among adults, even those who brush and floss regularly. Most tooth fractures take the form of craze lines, or tiny cracks in the superficial enamel layer of the teeth. These fractures are not hazardous to a person’s oral health and pose, if anything, a cosmetic issue. For those fractures that are more severe, restorative dentistry treatments are available to return the teeth to a more structurally sound state.

At The Art of Dentistry, Dr. Sol Weiss and his team urge patients who have more serious tooth fractures not to delay in seeking treatment. Fractures that start out as minor can progress into cracks that put the entire tooth at jeopardy of being lost or in need of extraction. By seeking treatment for tooth fractures in their earliest stages at our Toronto, ON restorative, general, and cosmetic dentistry practice, patients improve their chances of salvaging their natural teeth, which is always preferable to extraction. In cases in which saving the fractured tooth is not possible, Dr. Weiss will discuss options for replacing the tooth after extraction.

The bottom line is that, whatever the condition of a fractured tooth, Dr. Weiss can provide patients with precisely the right treatment to return the mouth to a state of optimal health and beauty. If you have a tooth fracture, please contact The Art of Dentistry to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sol Weiss today.

How Can You Tell Whether Your Tooth Is Fractured?

If, as stated above, you can have a fractured tooth and not even realize it, what exactly are the symptoms of a tooth fracture? Common symptoms include:

  • Sharp pains that come and go suddenly when you bite and chew
  • Sensitivity to extreme hot and cold temperatures
  • General pain that you cannot pin down to a single tooth
  • Swelling of the gum tissue near the fractured tooth

How Does Dr. Weiss Treat Tooth Fractures?

The method that Dr. Weiss uses to treat a fractured tooth depends on the type and extent of the tooth fracture. Common tooth fractures include:

  • Craze lines: These superficial cracks in the enamel of teeth usually don’t require treatment unless a person is bothered by their appearance, in which case they can be concealed by porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or dental bonding.
  • Cracked tooth: As long as a crack is caught in its earliest stages, before it has reached the root, the tooth can usually be salvaged. If the crack has not reached one of the chambers where the dental pulp of the tooth is stored, then it may be possible to treat the crack by simply reinforcing it with a dental crown. If one or more of the chambers, called root canals, has been breached, then root canal therapy will need to be performed prior to the placement of the crown. If the crack extends down to the root, the tooth will need to be extracted and replaced.
  • Split tooth: If a fracture has resulted in the complete splitting of a tooth into two separate parts, Dr. Weiss will remove one of the parts and try to salvage the other, if possible. Usually, root canal therapy will have to be performed on the remaining part.
  • Vertical root fracture: Whereas most fractures originate in the top portion of the tooth and work their way down, vertical root fractures originate in the root and work their way upward. As a result, they are more difficult to diagnose than other fractures. By the time vertical root fractures become apparent, it is often too late to salvage the tooth; however, there are instances in which root canal therapy can be performed to preserve at least part of the tooth.
  • Cusp fracture: The cusp refers to the part of the biting surface of the tooth that protrudes above the rest. If only the cusp becomes fractured, it may be possible to restore the tooth with only a filling, onlay, or crown.

Learn More about Treatments for Tooth Fractures

To learn more about treatment options for tooth fractures, please contact The Art of Dentistry today.