Cracked, split or chipped teeth will not repair themselves. They can be extremely painful and require the attention of a skilled dentist as soon as possible to avoid further problems. Our dentist in Virginia Beach has several options to treat a cracked tooth according to the specific tooth and the size of the crack. Molars will have a different treatment than front teeth.
There are several types of cracks, including:
• Craze lines – small vertical cracks
• Fractured cusp – when the chewing surface breaks off
• Split tooth – when a cracked tooth is untreated
• Cracked tooth – the crack is between the chewing surface and the root
• Vertical root fracture – when the tooth is cracked through the root
Composite bonding may be the right treatment for some types of cracks and chips. Our talented Virginia Beach dentist will roughen the tooth and a conditioning liquid will be applied. The bonding material will be put in the crack and molded into the shape of the tooth. A special light will be applied to the bonding material to harden it. Composite bonding may last up to 10 years.
Veneers are thin, shell-like coverings for a tooth. Porcelain veneers look the most realistic. The veneer is bonded to the front of the cracked tooth, completely covering it. The veneer may last up to 30 years. You can change the color and appearance of the veneer if you want.
If the crack goes below the gum into the root, the tooth may not be saved. In this case, a crown or artificial tooth, also called a cap, is attached to the root. The crown may be made of tooth-colored porcelain to match the other teeth.
Another option if the crack has gone below the gum line is a dental implant. This is considered the standard treatment in Virginia Beach for missing teeth because implants look and function like natural teeth while they help maintain the integrity of the bone. The cracked tooth will need to be removed, and after the site heals, a titanium screw will be implanted into the bone. Gradually, the bone will grow around the implant, securing it tightly, and a crown can be attached to an abutment at the top.
Cracked teeth should be treated as soon as possible in order to prevent serious damage and infection in the gum and jawbone. If you have extreme sensitivity or pain in a tooth, you may have a tiny crack that you cannot see or feel. Dr. Hogan and his team at Implant Dentistry of Virginia in Virginia Beach may need to perform certain tests to find the crack and repair it. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!