Occasionally patients consider a broken tooth nothing more than an inconvenience and an eyesore. However, a break in your tooth could damage it further and become infected. A broken tooth can compromise the health of the tooth and lead to needing a root canal treatment, or the complete loss of your tooth. There are five types of broken tooth:
- Craze lines are super-small cracks in the tooth enamel. This kind of tooth crack does not require treatment.
- Fractured cusp occurs around a dental filling and does not affect the pulp of the tooth.
- In cracks that extend into the gum line the tooth can be saved if it has not reached the gum line. Once the crack reaches the gum line, the tooth must be extracted.
- A split tooth is a tooth with a crack from its surface to below the gum line.
- A vertical root fracture begins below the gum line and travels upward. In this case, the tooth will have to be extracted.
If you have a break or crack in your tooth, see us as soon as you can. We will help you determine whether it is severe or if the tooth can be saved.