Endodontic Therapy for a Cracked Tooth
Looking for information on endodontic therapy for your cracked tooth? If you have recently cracked one or more of your teeth, then you will need to make a dental appointment for a professional evaluation. If the crack has reached the root of the tooth, then it is likely that the tooth can be saved by having a root canal performed. If the crack has extended below the gum line, then the tooth may need to be extracted, as it is no longer considered to be treatable. This is why it is so important for anyone who believes they have a cracked tooth to seek professional dental treatment as soon as possible.
How to know when a tooth is cracked
According to the American Association of Endodontists, cracked teeth show a variety of symptoms, including erratic pain when chewing, possibly with the release of biting pressure, or pain when a tooth is exposed to temperature extremes. A cracked tooth will often hurt when the crack has reached the pulp because this is the part of the tooth that contains the nerves and blood vessels. While the tooth will try to protect and heal itself, over time, it will eventually become so damaged that it will either need a root canal or to be extracted from the mouth entirely.
The reason a cracked tooth that has reached the pulp of a tooth is in need of root canal therapy is because all the bad bacteria, as well as any infections, need to be removed. The process requires a dental professional to make a very small hole in the tooth in order to pull out the infection.
Once the infection is completely removed, the dental professional will thoroughly clean the area and completely fill it so no bacteria can get inside. The tooth will then be prepared for the necessary dental crown to keep it strong so it will last for many more years to come.
How to prevent teeth from cracking
There are things one can do in order to prevent their teeth from cracking, including but not limited to avoiding chewing on hard objects, finding a treatment option if bruxism is present and wearing a protective mouth guard when playing sports.
Have you recently cracked one of your teeth?
If you are currently living with a cracked tooth, then you now know how important it is for you to make an appointment for a professional evaluation so you can find out your endodontic treatment options. It is possible that if your cracked tooth is very minimal, it can be treated using dental bonding or a dental veneer. These two procedures are much simpler when compared to a root canal or a tooth extraction.
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