How Is A Cracked Tooth Treated With A Root Canal?

Feb 28, 2019

How Is A Cracked Tooth Treated With A Root Canal?

Developing a cracked tooth is not unusual. Causes of a cracked tooth may include a blow to the face, biting down on something very hard or a decayed tooth which cracks when biting down on any type of food. Most people quickly become aware of a cracked tooth. The good news is that one should not panic if a tooth is cracked because there is treatment available. If you are suffering from a cracked tooth, you should contact a Greenville family dentist as soon as possible.

When you have a cracked tooth, you may experience intermittent pain in the tooth when you chew or bite. In some people, the tooth may only be painful when eating or drinking certain foods. In almost all cases, the cracked tooth is generally sensitive to hot or cold foods. If you do not do anything about it, the cracked tooth may become loose.

What to do if You Have a Cracked Tooth

The first thing to do when you suffer from a cracked tooth is to see a Greenville family dentist as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the higher will be the risk of developing an infection which could lead to permanent loss of your tooth. While waiting to see the dentist, here are some home care measures that you can take:

  • If you are having pain, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or another over-the-counter pain medication. This should ease the pain for a few hours
  • You can also rinse the mouth with warm salt water for additional pain relief
  • If you can feel a sharp or rough edge on the tooth, gently apply a piece of sugarless chewing gum or paraffin wax to keep the jagged edge from cutting your lips, cheeks or tongue.
  • If you are hungry, avoid eating any solids. Instead, opt for a liquid or semi-solid diet like soup, pasta, eggs or broth.

The diagnosis of a cracked tooth is usually made by a dental exam. Sometimes the dentist may need to examine your mouth with an instrument and also obtain x-rays. In rare cases, the dentist may use a special fiber optic light or stain the tooth and search for the crack.

What are the Treatment Options?

Once the cracked tooth has been diagnosed, there are several treatment options.  The treatment, in general, depends on the direction, location, and severity of the crack. Some cracks may be superficial and can be managed with bonding. If only a tiny fragment of the outer surface (enamel) has broken off, then this can be repaired at the same visit. But other cracks may be severe resulting in a split deep in the root affecting the pulp.  In such cases, the ideal treatment is a root canal. A root canal is recommended when the surface of the tooth has broken off, but the root still remains intact.

The first step the dentist will undertake for a root canal treatment is to place a post/pin in the canal and then build up enough of a structure onto which a crown can be made placed after a few months. The crown will be cemented in place over the pin or post-retained restoration to restore functionality. At least 20-25% of cracked tooth need a root canal. The root canal usually requires two sessions spaced over a few months.

If you have a cracked tooth, the first thing to do is to see a Greenville family dentist and determine the severity of damage.

Contact Carl Burton, Your Greenville Family Dentist

Carl Burton Dentistry has been providing services in Greenville, SC for many years. We offer a wide range of dental services including general dentistry, dental crowns, implant restoration, and cosmetic dentistry. If you are suffering from a cracked tooth, it is time to take action quickly or else there is a risk of losing the tooth altogether. Contact our Greenville family dentist at 864-627-1010 to find out more information regarding the treatment options for your cracked tooth.

Dental pain can be difficult to deal with. When you have a cracked tooth, it affects very basic things like the way you eat and even when you drink water or tea. We believe that delaying dental treatment causes more problems in the long-run compared to issues that are treated immediately. Call our office today to schedule your first consultation and our Greenville family dentist will evaluate the state of your teeth and provide you treatment options accordingly. Don’t delay. Seek treatment today.

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