Make an appointment

Pressing a button you agree with our policy

Broken or cracked teeth Treatment in Cedar Park, TX
Even if you take the best care of your teeth and religiously visit your dentist, there is always a risk of mechanical damage. In this case, a tooth fracture always ends in a tooth's dislocation or a tooth crack.

What are the common causes of tooth fracture?
  • unsuccessful falls, fights, traumatic sports without appropriate means of protection, traffic accidents;
  • bad habits (cracking nuts with teeth, opening bottles, etc.);
  • hard food;
  • failed tooth extraction;
  • improper orthodontic treatment.

If teeth are not healthy enough, they can easily break even under minor mechanical influence (chewing, impact, falling, etc.). The decrease in strength can be a large volume of carious cavity or resorption (destruction) of the tooth root. Resorption can be internal and external. The inner one develops in the middle of the root canal; the outer one begins with the root's outer surface, which comes into contact with the bone. Resorption can occur due to prolonged chronic inflammation, chronic tooth injury, or improper orthodontic treatment.

Sometimes the destruction of the root of teeth is due to the presence of cysts. For example, periodontal (lateral) tooth cyst in a long chronic course can lead to resorption of the tooth root's lateral surface.

What are the symptoms of tooth fracture?
Patients usually complain of pain when chewing food or drinking hot or cold liquids. In case of damage to the crown part of the tooth (pulp chamber), the tooth sometimes turns red or purple, and you can see a part of the pulp in the fractured area. A root fracture will cause sharp pain. The gums in the root projection can be red and swollen, and gum abscesses can occur.

What are the common types of tooth fracture?
  • a fracture of the crown part of the tooth;
  • a tooth root fracture;
  • combined fracture (crown and tooth root).

How to treat tooth fracture?
  • A dental filling, inlay/onlay, and even a dental crown are excellent for fixing small cracks in the tooth's crown part.
  • Root fracture treatment depends on the fracture level and the tooth pulp condition. In most cases, a root canal treatment and a crown will be the answer.
  • Dental implant placement can treat complete vertical fracture of the tooth.

It is hard to prevent dental trauma and injuries due to accidents, but you should always remember that poorly maintained oral health will lead to more severe damages. Take extra caution when biting and chewing hard and solid food, do not use your teeth to open, cut, and hold things. When engaging in traumatic sports, observe safety rules, and use a protective mouthguard.
Contact Dr.Yunusov at Cedar Park Dental Wellness immediately if you suspect a tooth fracture, even if it does not hurt. Timely examination and x-ray can save you from losing a tooth.