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Fractured Tooth Treatment in Gainesville

Providing Relief from Tooth Pain in Braselton

Do you feel a sharp pain when you are chewing or biting on food or gum? How about when you release pressure from biting, open your mouth, breathe in or when your tooth is exposed to temperature extremities? If you are experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms, you may be suffering from a cracked tooth. It is often difficult for individuals to determine exactly which tooth is causing the discomfort because the pain may come and go. This is why it is so important to take your symptoms to our dedicated dentists in Gainesville or Braselton.

Causes of Tooth Fractures

A tooth fracture or crack can be caused by a variety of factors. These causes may include:

  • Chewing or biting down on a hard object, possibly ice or hard candy
  • An injury to the mouth
  • Gritting or grinding your teeth
  • Brittle or worn teeth
  • Tooth’s exposure to extreme temperatures
  • Uneven pressure or stress on a tooth
  • Underlying, unknown or untreated decay

Types of Fractures & Treatments

There are different types of tooth fractures depending on the size and location of the crack. The treatment will vary based on the type of fracture.

Common fractures include:

  • Craze lines are tiny, faint cracks that only affect the outer layer of your tooth’s enamel. This type of tooth crack is common in adults and does not typically cause pain; therefore, it is solely an aesthetic concern.
  • A cracked tooth is a crack that occurs from the exterior surface of your tooth and extends vertically down towards the tooth’s root. An early diagnosis is important, as the tooth has not completely separated; however, it can gradually progress. If the crack extends to the pulp of the tooth, it can be treated successfully through a common procedure called a root canal. Unfortunately, if the crack progresses below the gum line, it cannot be saved and will require extraction.
  • A split tooth is the result of a cracked tooth that is left untreated and allowed to worsen. The split has progressed into two distinct pieces that can be separated. The position and the advancement of the crack will determine whether or not the tooth or portion of the tooth can be saved.
  • A fractured cusp occurs when a portion of the crown’s surface breaks off, generally surrounding a filling. A fractured cusp does not typically cause pain as it rarely affects the tooth’s pulp. It can be treated with a filling or most likely, a full coverage dental crown.
  • Vertical root fractures are cracks that begin at the tooth’s root and progresses towards the exterior surface. This type of fracture presents minimal symptoms as the crack is not visible. Vertical root fractures are discovered when the tooth’s surrounding bone or gum becomes infected. Treatment may involve extraction.

An early diagnosis is important for all types of a cracked tooth. Regular dental appointments are key to identifying the problem and preventing complications.

If you are experiencing tooth pain or discomfort, it is important that you contact us today at (678) 582-8099 to learn the best treatment for you. Our tooth fracture treatment in Gainesville and Braselton can provide you with the help you need.

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