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Cracked Teeth - Westerville, OH

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A tooth can crack from a sudden, shocking injury or from gradual wear and tear. Cracked teeth may cause a variety of symptoms, including tenderness to chewing and extreme pain to temperatures. In many cases it can be difficult to localize the tooth that is causing the discomfort. It is important to have this kind of injury treated as soon as possible before it can worsen and result in loss of the tooth.

Endodontists like Dr. Lisa Poweski actually specialize in saving cracked teeth! The use of the surgical microscope has allowed better visualization of cracks sooner. We will be able to personalize our treatment to match the severity and location of the crack, bringing back much-needed oral function. The sooner your tooth is treated, the better the outcome, so please don’t hesitate to contact our endodontic practice here in Westerville, OH.

Why Does a Cracked Tooth Hurt So Much?

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Your natural tooth is composed of several layers – the hard white enamel on the outside, a layer of dentin underneath, and a vulnerable inner tissue known as the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels and nerves. When the outer layers are cracked, the pulp becomes exposed to bacteria, which may lead to inflammation then infection. Sensitivity and pain are the likely result.

How Will You Treat My Cracked Tooth?

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Our personalized treatment plan will depend on the specific kind of crack that your tooth has experienced. If the crack extends from the chewing surface of the tooth towards the root, reaching the pulp, then a root canal procedure followed by a crown can prevent further harm. Quick intervention is absolutely crucial because once the crack extends past the gum line; the tooth will no longer be salvageable.

If you have a crack/fracture that begins in the root of the tooth and rises up towards the chewing surfaces, the first warning sign may be the presence of infection in the bone and gum. Endodontic surgery may be recommended in this situation to remove the damaged root portions and rescue the tooth before more extensive harm occurs.

How Can I Prevent Cracked Teeth?

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  • Do not chew on hard objects like pens, ice, and popcorn kernels.
  • If you regularly grind and/or clench your teeth, make sure to wear a mouthguard.
  • Always wear a sportsguard when participating in sports that involve physical activity.