Fixing Cracked Teeth
So what do we do with cracked teeth? The most predictable method for restoring cracked teeth is with a full coverage restoration such as crowns. A crown covers the tooth holding it together. In most cases, the crack is removed during the preparation process. In other cases, the crack is held together and prevented from flexing by the crown. Due to the complex nature of cracked teeth, and possible damage to the nerve of the tooth, treatment at our office will often vary from a standard full coverage restoration (crown). This variation involves leaving a temporary crown on the tooth for 1-2 months rather than the normal 1-2 weeks. This variation allows for removal of the crack and prolonged evaluation of the health of the nerve to determine whether root canal treatment will also be required.
Can a cracked tooth be fixed with a normal filling? On some occasions, a patient will request the tooth be fixed with a filling and in some cases, can work, for a time. In other cases, like this one, a filling was attempted due to financial reasons. Unfortunately, the crack ran vertically through the tooth, and could not entirely be removed. The hope was the bonded filling would provide enough strength to hold the tooth together. See the results for yourself.t will also be required.
So in conclusion, if you think you might have a cracked tooth you will want to do a couple of things. First, contact us to have it checked right away to see if it truly is a cracked tooth. If it is a cracked tooth, you will want to get a full coverage restoration on it as soon as possible.