If you suffer an injury to the mouth you may be wondering, is a cracked tooth really that big of a deal? The short answer to that question is, yes.
Whether you feel pain right after you crack a tooth or afterwards, leaving a cracked tooth untreated can lead to other problems down the road. Here are some of the options we can discuss for treatment.
With proper numbing a root canal for a cracked tooth will lead to minimal discomfort. You won't feel anything during the procedure, which requires the dentist to drill a hole on the tooth to get to the root and clean any infection present.
This procedure may be needed after the root canal and involves a couple of visits to our office. First, the tooth is prepared, and X-rays are taken to determine the extent of the damage, the tooth gets filled to make room for the crown, an impression is taken and sent to the lab who will make the crown. A temporary crown is placed on your tooth to protect it. At the next visit, our dentist will place the permanent crown to fix the tooth.
The worst-case scenario when the tooth cannot be replaced is to extract it. While it can be very upsetting have a tooth removed, dental implants feel and work just like your natural teeth do and are an excellent option for you.
If you suffer from a cracked tooth, our team will do everything possible to save it, and we can discuss your options depending on the severity of the injury. If saving the tooth is not possible and an extraction is needed, rest assured we will do everything we can to make you feel comfortable and restore your smile to what it used to be.