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What Are Cracked Teeth?

 Whether it's the result of an injury or wearing down over time, a cracked tooth may cause pain and make it difficult to eat or speak. There are many different types of cracks in the teeth, including craze lines (hairline cracks in a tooth), a fractured cusp, a split tooth, and a vertical root fracture. The crack type depends on the depth and location of the crack, which also helps to identify the best treatment. It is important to seek professional help at Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group as soon as you notice a cracked tooth, so it has a higher chance of being saved. A crack in your tooth will not heal, but our dental team may be able to treat the crack so that your tooth is saved and your pain can be relieved.

You may have a variety of symptoms that could help us determine if you have a cracked tooth. Most often, you will have:

  • Pain whenever you put pressure on your tooth
  • Pain while chewing
  • Sensitivity whenever your mouth is exposed to hot and cold temperatures

If not treated right away, a cracked tooth may cause chronic pain, and the crack can then turn into an infection inside of the tooth. If we are concerned that your tooth is cracked, we will perform a physical exam and take digital x-rays to confirm the diagnosis. This will also help us decide on the best treatment options.

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Today was my first experience with Dr. Rafla and his wonderful, efficient, but most of all kind staff. I went to this very much dreaded appointment with no idea of what to expect. My poor teeth are so sore and they are making everything difficult. I have horrible gagging reflex which makes everything harder for those that are trying to take x rays to be able to guide me into having a proper diagnosis and treatment. Trust me when I say I was a difficult patient. I expected the doctor to say there wasn’t much hope for them. Instead after reviewing what I was giving him to work with he listed off the perfect game plan. All aspects would be easier on me and my issues and seem to offer a perfect solution. I hope Coach Bill Belechick has competition in writing a game plan. Dr Rafla can give him a run for his money. In no time at all Dr. Rafla had a plan devised to ease my pain and fix the pockets in my gums. I am anxious now to correct these problems and move forward with the plan Thank you Dr. Rafla and team for being both gentle and kind with me today.

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The extent and position of the crack will help us decide the best course of action for treating your tooth. After a thorough dental exam, we will go over your options and create a treatment plan. The main goal is to either avoid infection or remove an existing infection. For a fractured cusp, a filling or crown can repair the tooth and prevent the crack from expanding. If the crack has reached the interior of the tooth, then a root canal might be needed. If you have a vertical root fracture or split tooth, endodontic surgery may be recommended. In some cases, the tooth may need to be extracted if it cannot be properly treated to prevent the infection from reaching your gums and other teeth; however, this is always a last resort, and we will do everything we can to save your tooth.

Your recovery will vary based on your procedure, so we will give you specific instructions depending on your treatment plan. You should avoid eating foods that could potentially reopen or expand the crack, for example, hard candy or ice. If the tooth crack was caused by teeth grinding (bruxism) when you sleep, we might recommend a night guard. It is important that you have a good oral hygiene routine at home to minimize the chance of infection. During your annual dental exams at our Wellesley, MA office, we will continue to monitor your cracked tooth to help ensure it remains healthy.

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Treating a cracked tooth is generally considered a medical necessity, which means it might be partially covered if you have dental insurance. Prior to your procedure, a member of our team will contact your insurance carrier and inform you of your out-of-pocket costs. Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group accepts many payment methods and can give you information on low-interest medical financing if you'd like.

Treat a Cracked Tooth Before It Becomes Worse

Tooth cracks can be unpleasant and may create more expensive issues if they are not correctly treated. At Wellesley Aesthetic Dental Group, we work to diagnose and treat a cracked tooth as soon as possible, so your smile stays beautiful and healthy. To learn more, contact our dental facility in Wellesley, MA to make an appointment with one of our dentists.

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