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Cracked Teeth – Tacoma, WA

Fixing Your Broken Tooth

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Sometimes a cracked tooth isn’t a serious problem, but in other cases, it could cause pain while chewing, increased sensitivity, and could even expose the tooth to an infection. If you think there’s a crack in your teeth, contact our practice right away to schedule an appointment with Dr. Olsson; she’ll make every effort to see you as soon as possible in case of an emergency, and she can put her years of experience and training to use in order to repair and save your cracked teeth in our Tacoma, WA office.

Why Choose South Sound Endo for Cracked Teeth Treatment?

  • Save Infected or Damaged Teeth
  • Comfortable, Stress-Free Procedures
  • Sedation Available

Why Do Cracked Teeth Hurt?

Closeup of smile with cracked front tooth

Oftentimes a crack will be accompanied by pain while in other cases it won’t hurt at all. This is because the tooth is actually made of three layers. The outermost layer is enamel, the hardest substance in your body. Underneath is a substance called dentin, and beneath that is the soft dental pulp that holds various nerves and blood vessels.

If there’s a crack in the enamel or dentin layers, the act of chewing could cause them to move against the pulp, irritating it and causing discomfort. Some patients think the pain will go away if they give it enough time, but this could be a mistake as the pulp could become so damaged that it can’t be salvaged. Furthermore, a crack could let bacteria enter your teeth and lead to an infection; this can also be very painful and could cause you to lose the tooth altogether.

How Can a Cracked Tooth Be Treated?

Closeup of smile during dental treatment

There are actually several ways for a tooth to become cracked, and as such there are also plenty of ways to treat the damage. For example, if it’s a slight crack that only affects the tooth’s appearance, you can address the problem with a simple cosmetic procedure. If a tooth has been truly cracked (meaning the crack extends from the chewing surface to the root or the pulp), you’ll likely need root canal therapy to repair the damage as well as prevent any resulting infection from spreading.

There are some cases where only portions of the tooth can be saved, such as when there’s a split (a crack that extends all the way through the tooth but doesn’t reach the gum line) or a vertical root fracture (a crack that starts at the root). Root canal therapy is often a useful option in these cases.