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Cracked Tooth Repair

Fleeting, recurrent pain and temperature sensitivity are two signs that it’s time to visit Dr. Michael Cortese’s cosmetic dentistry office in Princeton, New Jersey, for a smile makeover consultation. That’s because those two symptoms are typically indicative of a cracked tooth, which if left untreated, may lead to other oral health problems.

Cracked Tooth Repair in New Jersey

There are several different types of cracked teeth that Dr. Cortese can repair at his New Jersey cosmetic dentistry practice. They include vertical root fractures, fractured cusps, split teeth, vertical cracks in the crown and craze lines. Of those listed, vertical root fractures are often among the most serious. Depending on whether a secondary infection has formed or not, Dr. Cortese and his team may recommend that patients suffering from vertical root fractures undergo endodontic surgery.

The other forms of cracked teeth that we mentioned above may be corrected in other ways. The type of repair techniques recommended by Dr. Cortese and his team will obviously vary based on the cosmetic dentistry patient’s unique circumstances. For example, Dr. Cortese and his Princeton Prosthodontics’ cosmetic dentistry team may recommend crowns, root canals, extractions, porcelain veneers and dental implants to those dealing with cracked teeth. In some instances, bonding the effected tooth may work as well.

Once the cracked tooth is repaired, Dr. Cortese will typically urge the patient to make routine, cosmetic dentistry visits. The routine cosmetic dentistry visits are important when it comes to ensuring the longevity of the repaired tooth. After all, over time, the tooth may crack and weaken again. Plus, it is vital to maintain healthy teeth too.

Cracked/Chipped Teeth FAQs

How do people get chipped or cracked teeth?
The enamel covering the teeth is strong but not indestructible. It can chip or crack because of a traumatic fall, crash or impact, like a car accident or sports injury. Or sometimes, people chip their teeth chewing on a pencil or a piece of ice. Cavities or old, large fillings can also weaken the teeth and lead to chips or cracks.

How are chipped or cracked teeth treated?
There are several ways to repair chipped or cracked teeth. Dental bonding is the least intrusive and involves applying a composite resin material to the surface of the teeth to cover these structural problems. For cracks or chips that are more serious, porcelain crowns can be placed over the tooth to add support and strength. If the damage is too extensive and the tooth cannot be saved, it can be extracted and replaced with a dental implant.

Dental Examination in New JerseyIf the chip or crack is small, do I need to worry about it?
Ignoring minor chips or cracks is risky; these problems can worsen and lead to even more damage and possibly infection. This is why our team recommends having any chips or cracks examined by a professional as soon as possible.

Why has my dentist recommended a root canal for my broken tooth?
If your dentist has advised you to undergo a root canal because of a broken tooth, it is likely because the crack has extended to the dental pulp. The decayed tooth matter and nerve must be cleaned and removed, and the tooth sealed to prevent infection. A crown may be placed on top of the tooth if its structure has been compromised.

Dr. Michael Cortese is experienced at providing a wide range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry services. He is also skilled at addressing facial reconstruction, bruxism and TMJ/TMD related issues as well. So many New Jersey residents opt to use his various services for life. To learn more about Dr. Cortese and how he can help repair or replace cracked teeth, please contact us by calling (609) 683-8282.