Relieve Discomfort, Save Your Oral Health with Treatment Options for Fractured Teeth
Dental woes come in many sizes and shapes. For instance, even with good oral hygiene practices, it’s possible to experience a cracked or fractured tooth due to injury or natural wear and tear. Regardless of the cause, it’s essential not to overlook a dental fracture. In addition to impacting your smile, a fractured tooth can cause discomfort and be sensitive to temperature changes.
At Signature Smiles Dental, Drs. Geomel Brian Bebing and Harun Ayouby have seen it all. So, if you have a broken tooth in Riverside, California, you’ve come to the right place. Our dental office offers numerous treatments to repair and rebuild your smile after dental trauma.
Signs you may have a fractured tooth
Fractured teeth display numerous symptoms, including erratic discomfort that comes and goes, especially when chewing. But why does a cracked tooth hurt? Inside your tooth — beneath the enamel and dentin — lies the dental pulp that contains nerves and blood vessels. When you have a fractured tooth, chewing applies pressure on your tooth, irritating your nerve-containing pulp. If left untreated, your pulp suffers permanent damage.
Your fractured tooth doesn’t only hurt when chewing. It becomes sensitive when consuming hot or cold foods or drinks. At times, your broken tooth may develop discomfort without any provocation!
Treatment options for cracked teeth
When you come to our office with cracked teeth symptoms, the first step is to assess your tooth with digital X-rays and scans to determine the extent of the damage. If we diagnose you with a dental fracture, your treatment options include:
- Cavity filling: We can treat your tooth with a composite filling if the fracture doesn’t extend too far to the root side. A dental filling covers the fracture lines and prevents your tooth from further damage
- Dental crowns: Sometimes, your dental fracture may be too extensive for a typical dental filling. If you’ve significant tooth damage but remain with a healthy tooth structure, we can restore your tooth with a tooth-colored dental crown
- Root canal treatment: If the tooth fracture extends to your pulp, only a root canal can save your tooth. Root canal treatment involves removing the diseased pulp tissue and restoring your tooth with a filling or dental crown
- Dental extraction: When the dental fracture extends below the gum line, restoring your tooth with a crown or filling can be difficult. In such cases, dental extraction is the most viable option. Although tooth removal may seem unpleasant, it’s the best alternative when restorative dental treatments can’t repair your tooth. Dental extraction removes your troublesome tooth and allows you to replace it with a more dependable option like a dental implant
Whether you have a minor or extensive tooth fracture, there’s no job too small or too big for Signature Smiles Dental. Call (951) 450-0258 to book an appointment for tooth repair.