Cracked Teeth

Unlike a broken bone, a fracture in a cracked tooth will not heal.

Cracked teeth are usually caused by trauma, grinding or clenching.  Cracks are sometimes exacerbated by tooth decay and can expose the inner tooth (the pulp), leaving it susceptible to infection.

Fractured Teeth is a term that includes the following dental issues: 

  • Cracked TeethFractured Cusps
  • Cracked Teeth
  • Split Teeth
  • Vertical Root Fractures

A crown can help to provide protection in cases where the crack has not extended below the gums. It does this by bracing the tooth from the outside, much like the steel rings around a wooden cask do.

The extent of the crack is generally assessed with a microscope and an assessment made as to whether the tooth can be retained. If the crack does not extend into the root of the tooth, it is generally treatable. If the crack extends to the pulp or has damaged the pulp in some way, a root canal treatment is essential if the tooth is to be retained.

A cracked or split tooth, if not treated, will progressively worsen, resulting in the loss of the tooth.

Symptoms, especially when left untreated, can include severe pain, especially on biting, abscesses, pulpal death, and temperature sensitivity.

What We Do

Make an Appointment