Angela Leung DDS PC | Cracked Teeth in San Francisco

1131 Mission Road,
South San Francisco, CA 94080
    595 Buckingham Way, Ste 432
San Francisco, CA 94132

Dental Implants and Root Canal Specialist

(415) 681-2697

drleung@angelaleungddspc.com

Mon-Fri: 9am-6pm & Sat: By Appointment

Cracked Teeth
 

Cracked_Teeth1.pngCracked teeth: demonstrate many types of symptoms, including pain when chewing, and temperature or pressure sensitivity. 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, thus resulting in sharp pain. Eventually, the pulp will become damaged and the 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.

CCracked_Teeth2_Craze_Lines.pngraze lines: 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.  

Fractured Cusp: 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.

Cracked ToothCracked_Teeth3_Cracked_Tooth.png: This type of crack extends from the chewing surface of the tooth and vertically migrates toward 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, often causing damage to the pulp.  In this case, root canal treatment is usually necessary. A cracked tooth that is not treated will worsen, resulting in the crack extending onto the root level, thus causing the eventual  loss of the tooth. Therefore, early detection is essential.

Split Tooth: A split tooth is usually the result of an Cracked_Teeth4_Split_Tooth.pnguntreated 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 treatment by Dr. Leung 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 Cracked_Teeth6_Vertical_Root_Fracture.pngand extends towards the chewing surface of the tooth. Alternatively, it may start on the tooth level and extends to the root surfaces.  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 whole tooth. .

 
 
 
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