A cracked tooth, if left untreated, can result in serious complications which could lead to tooth loss. Luckily, there are several simple options to correct a cracked tooth, prevent further damage and restore the appearance of the tooth. Find out more about cracked teeth and their treatments with Dr. Philip Bauer with offices in Stamford and Greenwich, CT.
What is an endodontist?
An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in the soft, inner tissues, pulp and nerve of the tooth. The word endodontist comes from Greek, with “endo” meaning inside and “odont” meaning tooth. An endodontist undergoes several extra years of training and education to earn their title. Often, dentists without this specialization refer their patients to an endodontist for complex endodontic issues.
How can my endodontist help my cracked tooth?
Endodontic treatment, more widely referred to as root canal therapy, focuses on removing the decayed or damaged tissue from inside of the tooth to cure an infection while preserving the natural structure of the tooth. The only other option for this situation is to remove the tooth altogether, which comes with its own slew of side effects and problems.
Teeth can crack in several different ways. If the crack remains above the gum line, your endodontist can normally repair it. However, if the crack extends below the gum line onto the tooth’s roots, the chance of saving the tooth becomes slimmer. If left untreated, a cracked tooth could extend down the root until the entire tooth becomes split in half. Endodontic treatment to repair the split may help save a portion of the tooth. A dental crown placed over a treated cracked tooth helps protect it from further damage or becoming split.
Cracked Tooth Treatments in Stamford and Greenwich, CT
If you have a cracked tooth, your endodontist can help you determine the best treatment plan. Some treatments will require a simple root canal and dental crown, while others may require more in-depth procedures like endodontic surgery to repair a root fracture. For more information on cracked teeth and their treatments, please contact Dr. Philip Bauer with offices in Stamford and Greenwich, CT. Call (203) 327-1613 to schedule your appointment at the Stamford office or (203) 661-3277 to schedule your appointment at the Greenwich location today!