Tooth fractures occur when a tooth gets cracked or chipped due to trauma, decay, or grinding. They can range from minor chips to severe fractures that might involve multiple pieces of the tooth. Treatment for a tooth fracture often depends on the severity and location of the fracture. Minor chips can usually be repaired with cosmetic treatments such as bonding or veneers. More serious fractures, however, may require root canal treatment or even tooth extraction.
When a tooth is fractured, the nerve and/or pulp inside of the tooth can become damaged. This can result in severe pain and sensitivity, as well as infection. The infection can spread to the surrounding teeth and gums, so it’s important that the fracture is treated as soon as possible.
The most common treatment for a tooth fracture is a root canal. This is a procedure in which the damaged pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. This prevents the spread of infection and allows the tooth to heal.
In some cases, root canal treatment isn’t enough to repair the fracture. In these cases, an endodontist can help. An endodontist is a specialist who specializes in treating problems with the inner structures of the teeth. Endodontists have advanced training and experience in treating tooth fractures and other dental trauma.
An endodontist can treat a tooth fracture in several ways. If the fracture is minor, they can perform a root canal as mentioned above. If the fracture is more serious, they may need to perform a procedure called an apicoectomy. This is a procedure in which the end of the root is removed and the area is sealed. This prevents further damage and allows the tooth to heal.
In some cases, a tooth fracture is too severe to be treated and the tooth must be extracted. An endodontist can perform the extraction and make sure that the surrounding area is completely healed before a replacement tooth is implanted.
No matter what type of tooth fracture you have, it’s important to get it treated as soon as possible. If you’re experiencing pain or sensitivity due to a tooth fracture, make an appointment with your dentist or endodontist right away. With prompt treatment, the fracture can be repaired and you can have your normal smile and function back in no time.
Endodontists are highly trained specialists who are experts in treating tooth fractures and other dental trauma. If you have a tooth fracture, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with an endodontist. They can provide you with the best treatment options and help get your smile back to normal in no time. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact our endodontic office today.