Trauma, injury, or weakened tooth structure can lead to a cracked tooth in Sterling, Virginia. Sometimes a cavity can weaken the structure and crack a tooth. Pain after a root canal can also be a result of a cracked tooth. Dr. Pal and associates can examine your tooth for outward signs and take an X-ray for a positive confirmation. A cracked tooth needs to be taken care of immediately, as you may be at risk of introducing infection or other severe dental problems. In some cases, you may need a surgical treatment or a replacement crown to save the tooth.
There are different types of cracked teeth, which include:
- Split tooth – when cracked teeth are left untreated, the tooth can break in distinct segments. In this situation, it may not be possible to save the tooth, but if the dentist determines it can, he will likely perform an endodontic treatment.
- Vertical root fracture – this type of crack starts at the root and extends toward the chewing surface of the tooth. Because there are no visible signs, this fracture may go unnoticed for a long time.
- Craze lines – tiny cracks that affect only the outer enamel of the tooth, which are superficial and usually not a concern.
Please contact our office if you still have pain after a root canal or can see obvious signs of a cracked tooth. Pal Dental Group can help answer questions or schedule you an appointment to see the dentist. Our number is 703-444-4188. We look forward to your call.