Frequently Asked Questions

Cracked Teeth / Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Date Posted: 1/1/2002

Question
How does the dentist treat a cracked tooth?

Answer
It depends on the direction and severity of the crack. If the crack is small enough, it may be removed by replacing the filling. Bonded white fillings and bonded amalgam fillings will hold the tooth together making it less likely to crack.

Sometimes the cracked part of the tooth fractures off during the removal of the filling and this can be replaced with a new filling.

Your dentist may first place an orthodontic band around the tooth to keep it together. If the pain settles, the band is replaced with a filling that covers the fractured portion of tooth (or the whole biting surface). Other options include the placement of gold or porcelain fillings or even a crown.

If the crack goes too far vertically, there is a possibility the tooth may need to be removed and replaced with an artificial one. (See bridgework, denture, and implant)

The nerve may sometimes be affected so badly that it dies. Root canal treatment will be required if the tooth is to be saved.



More questions in this category:

Why does a cracked tooth hurt?
How can I prevent my teeth from fracturing?
How does the dentist treat a cracked tooth?
Will my tooth become better?
What type of forces cause teeth to crack?


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