Cracked teeth demonstrate many types of symptoms, including pain when chewing, temperature sensitivities, or even the release of biting pressure. It is also common for pain to come and go, making it difficult to diagnose the cause of discomfort.
Chewing can cause movement of the cracked pieces of your tooth, and the pulp within the tooth becomes irritated. At the same time, when biting pressure is released, the crack can close quickly, resulting in sharp pain. Eventually, the pulp will become damaged and tooth will consistently hurt, even when you are not chewing. It is possible that cracks can lead to infection of the pulp tissue, which can spread to the bone and gum surrounding the problematic tooth.
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Types of Cracks
These are tiny cracks that only affect the outer enamel of the tooth. These cracks are more common in adults. These types of cracks are superficial and are usually of no concern.
When a cusp becomes weakened, a fracture may result. The cusp may break off or be removed by a dentist. A fractured cusp rarely damages the pulp, so root canal is not necessary. Your dentist will usually restore the tooth with a full crown.
This type of crack extends from the chewing surface of the tooth and vertically migrates towards the root. In some cases, the crack may extend below the gum line. It is possible for the crack to extend further into the root. Damage to the pulp is commonplace. In this case, root canal treatment is usually necessary. A cracked tooth that is not treated will worsen, resulting in the loss of the tooth. Therefore, early detection is essential.
A split tooth is usually the result of an untreated cracked tooth. It can be identified by a crack with distinct segments. This type of tooth can never be saved intact. Yet, the position and extent of the problem will dictate whether any portion of the tooth can be saved. Sometimes, endodontic retreatment by the doctors and restoration by your dentist can be used to save a portion of the tooth.
Vertical Root Fracture
A vertical root fracture begins at the root and extends towards the chewing surface of the tooth. Unfortunately, they show minimal symptoms and may go unnoticed. Treatment involves endodontic surgery if a portion of the tooth can be saved by removal of the fractured root. Otherwise the tooth will have to be extracted.
Advanced Endodontic Associates, PA
Patient Review By Adam W
I saw Dr. Ostrometskaya for a root canal on my front K9 tooth. I was in and out within an hour and felt absolutely nothing 🙂 All I can say is that she was amazing! She was very thorough, professional and clearly extremely competent. Dr. Ostrometskaya explained anything I asked (and I ask lots of questions). Debbie at the front office was great too. Obviously, we all hope we never need another root canal, but if I or my family ever need an Endodontist we found our spot. Overall, easily a 5 star experience!
- Adam W
Patient Review By Ken S
From the online patient portal to access and complete new patient documents to my interaction with the office and tech staff, mine was a 5 star experience. Everyone was cordial and caring. 100% comfortable with my entire first experience with this Practice. Dr Chris Pellicano took his time and went above and beyond working to extract a broken post in a very difficult situation and carefully explained the procedure from start to finish. Sueanne was especially helpful right from my initial call and helped get me scheduled that same day.
- Ken S
Patient Review By Rosa M
Around Christmas time my mother was experiencing a pain in her tooth due to the need of a root canal procedure but Dr. Apolito was beyond equipped both technological and skill wise my mother said she was in an out and felt no pain the work he performed was brilliant work I would recommend him this time then a later to the absolute thank you doctor apolito gracias.
- Rosa M
Patient Review By Karen C
I can not express how awesome my experience was... I had a tooth that looked calcified and thought I would have to pull it out... she said let’s give it a try and she was able to get into the roots... everyone in the office is so pleasant and DR, Thai was awesome... I felt totally comfortable... no pain during after and day after procedure... I was very impressed, and happy with my experience there..
- Karen C
Patient Review By Joseph C
Dr. Zohn performed the surgical procedure. Professional in every way from the first consultation thru the follow up process. Every step of the way Dr. Zohn and his staff kept me informed and engaged. While I recognize that every procedure is different, mine was pain free and the results were spot on.
- Joseph C
Patient Review By SUSAN COOLAHAN
I had a root canal with Dr. Ostrometskaya on November 30, 2020. From the minute that I walked in right up until I left the office the experience could not have been any better. The entire staff were all professional, courteous and kind. They made what I thought was going to be a miserable experience actually enjoyable. I would highly recommend anyone to go to them!
- SUSAN COOLAHAN
Patient Review By Kathie M
I was very impressed with my first visit to this office
- Kathie M
Patient Review By Nicole G
My experience at Advanced Endodontics was by far the most pleasurable in any Dr's. Office. Let's face it, no one enjoys getting any work done on their teeth. I was in some pain and was dreading getting a root canal. I've had poor past experiences with some dental work years ago, but from the start, this office was 5 star. Professional, informative, attentive, personable and quality service. I left there happy which is unheard of. Hardly any pain in the procedure and they kept checking to see if I was comfortable. The energy is so calm and everyone was very friendly. I would 100% recommend Dr. Apolito and his staff. Thank you guys for a great experience!
- Nicole G
Patient Review By Lea P
I am an extremely nervous patient and almost didn't make it through the door. The staff and the Dr made me feel comfortable and help me through a very stressful situation. Thank you
- Lea P
Patient Review By Sarah F
Great experience again! My son my husband my father in law and now myself! The reviews are on target! Sue and heather are helpful efficient and plain old friendly! How nice! And all of the assistants are gentle and caring! As are the drs! I am so glad this practice was recommended to me! I in turn also highly recommend it! Thank you dr Zohn for the painless and neat work! And for explaining as you went along! It showed how much you care! Lots of continued success to you all! Amazing experience with dr o as well!
- Sarah F