Cracked Teeth Treatment
What Causes a Tooth to Crack?
Our adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime. However, excessive stress, whether it’s from day-to-day chewing or from teeth grinding or clenching habits, can cause our teeth to crack.
What Is the Treatment for a Cracked Tooth?
Usually, the treatment of choice for such teeth is to place a full-coverage crown to protect it from further cracking. Typically, this will help the teeth remain symptom- and disease-free.
When Should I See an Endodontist for a Cracked Tooth?
In some cases, even after the crown is placed, a crack can propagate, especially if the tooth continues to be exposed to excessive stress. Chewing on a cracked tooth can physically irritate the tooth, making it feel sensitive or painful.
Furthermore, the crack allows bacteria to enter the narrow crevice, and as the crack gets deeper, bacteria start to affect the pulp (living inner tissue of the tooth) and cause root canal disease.
If the cracked tooth persists and results in root canal disease, Dr. Alan Lee, our gentle and caring endodontist, can help you save your tooth with proper diagnosis and root canal treatment.
What Does Dr. Alan Lee Do Differently Than Other Endodontists?
Dr. Alan Lee has extensively researched tooth cracking and recognized the rise in the prevalence of cracked teeth in recent years. He has tailored his treatment to maximize the chance of saving cracked teeth, especially if the crack is deep and requires additional steps beyond root canal treatment.
After diving into scientific research and case studies, Dr. Alan Lee has developed the clinical protocol below:
- Enhanced disinfection of the involved root canal space with Erbium laser
- Filling the crack with special bioceramic material called calcium silicate can potentially seal the crack.
- For patients with heavy grinding or clenching habits, we inject BOTOX ® to jaw muscles to help them avoid traumatic injury to their teeth and have comfortable and controlled jaw activity.
Let Us Help You
If you experience any discomfort when you chew or bite food or your dentist told you that you have to see an endodontist for a cracked tooth, please call us immediately! Prolonged stress to the tooth can cause it to crack, making it weaker and accelerating the speed of further deep cracking.
Before it’s too late, please let us help you save your tooth. Call our dental office in Reston, VA at (703) 429-9926 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Alan Lee. We also serve patients in Herndon, Chantilly, Centerville, Manassas, Vienna, Fairfax, Tysons, Great Falls, Sterling, Ashburn, South Riding, Loudon County, and surrounding communities.