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.
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.
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Able to accommodate me for an emergency root canal, the staff was pleasant and helpful. Dr. Apolito was excellent and worked smoothly and efficiently. I was in some of the worst pain I've ever had going in, now 24 hours later it's been reduced to minor discomfort and will improve as it heals. I cannot thank every there enough. I'll see you in a month! 🙂
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Patient Review By Jeff L
I was in a lot of pain and needed a root canal as per my dentist. The group he referred me to couldn't see me for 2 weeks but said a cancellation should open an appointment sooner. I searched Yelp, saw the reviews for Advanced Endodontics and decided to call. The office staff was great, they squeezed me in 3 hours after my call as long as I was willing to wait. I arrived an hour before the scheduled time and was taken in about 10 minutes later. 10 minutes after that Dr. Apolito was in the room prepping me for the procedure. He was attentive to my pain level, once I was numbed there was none, throughout the procedure. The tooth was cracked and he warned me that it could break, fortunately it didn't. Today, the day after the procedure I feel great, no residual discomfort. Looking forward to a successful follow up visit to complete the procedure. Highly recommend!
- Jeff L
Patient Review By Karen C
Excellent office visit. No Pain No worries Fast and efficient thank you Dr and staff
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Patient Review By John K
Doreen Debby Tricia Jessica were extremely pleasant, understanding, congenial, and professional on the phone and in the office. They should be praised for their wonderful demeanor. Assistant Sheryl was efficient and very pleasant during my visit. Dr Zohn exclaimed everything and did a marvelous job. Thank everyone for a pleasant experience.
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Patient Review By Mary R
This was the second root canal that I needed at this office. I chose Dr. Thai because of her expertise, putting me at ease, and wonderful attitudes of everyone in the office. I had no pain during the procedure and there was great conversation, laughter, and fun, and yet very professional as well. I was very nervous but everyone made me feel very comfortable and I forgot about my nerves very quickly. If you need a root canal, this is the place to go. The Doctor and Staff are exceptional! Thank you to everyone in the office who made me feel at ease. And thank you again Dr. Thai.
- Mary R
Patient Review By Diane B
Best experience I've ever had in a dental office
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Patient Review By Dat N
I had issues with a root canal that was done 2+ years prior in another dental practice, and the tooth had been bothering me. It has gotten to the point where I can no longer tolerate the discomfort. Dr. Zohn's name was referred to me by a 3rd party, and I am so glad I came for consultation. Dr. Zohn was meticulous in his analysis (I had the CBCT scan done), and was very forthcoming with his recommendations. I really appreciate the patience Dr. Zohn displayed, he truly cares for his patients.
- Dat N
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