Dental Crowns for Cracked Teeth
A cracked tooth can occur because of trauma or general wear and tear. Symptoms of a cracked tooth include sensitivity to hot and cold substances, persistent pain, or sharp pain that comes and goes. Dental crowns are a common treatment for a cracked tooth. Dental crowns are porcelain caps that protect a cracked tooth and restore its function.
At the Center for Dental Excellence, Dr. Edward Narcisi places dental crowns for patients in Monroeville and Pittsburgh, PA, who suffer from cracked teeth. Our high-quality materials, state-of-the-art technology, and excellent team members ensure comfortable and effective treatment.
Continue reading to learn about the reasons for a cracked tooth, alternative treatments, and when a dental crown is the best option.
What Causes a Cracked Tooth?
Because the teeth can crack with normal wear and tear, adults over 50 are more likely to have cracked teeth. Trauma to the mouth caused by car accidents and sports injuries can also cause a tooth to crack at any age. Additionally, personal habits and poor oral care can increase a person’s risk of a cracked tooth.
The most common causes of cracked teeth include:
- Weakened teeth due to aging
- Weakened teeth due to large fillings
- Chewing on hard foods such as ice, popcorn kernels, and hard candy
- Using your teeth to chew on pens or open packages
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- Accidental trauma
Cracked teeth rarely go unnoticed. Most patients experience pain or sensitivity after cracking a tooth. If left untreated, a dental abscess or serious infection may develop. In some cases, tooth loss can occur.
Treatment Options for a Cracked Tooth
Cracks on the teeth range in severity. Typically, minor cracks or small fractures on the cusp of the tooth can be addressed with dental bonding, inlays, onlays, or fillings. However, larger cracks, infections, or damage cannot be effectively treated with bonding, inlays, onlays, or fillings. Larger cracks that compromise the integrity of the tooth will need to be treated with a dental crown.
How Does a Dental Crown Treat a Cracked Tooth?
A dental crown covers the entire visible surface of the tooth, so it can address small or large cracks on the tooth’s surface. As long as the inside of the tooth (pulp) and the root of the tooth are healthy, a dental crown can sufficiently protect the tooth from further damage. If the pulp is infected, our dentist can perform root canal therapy before restoring the tooth with a dental crown.
To place a dental crown, the affected tooth will need to be reshaped. Then, impressions of the remaining tooth structure and adjacent teeth are made. While the permanent dental crown is being made, our dentist will place a temporary crown. Once the custom-made crown arrives at the office, the patient returns so the dentist can remove the temporary one and secure the permanent one.
When the procedure is complete, the dental crown will look, feel, and function just like a healthy natural tooth. All the symptoms of the cracked tooth should subside. If the symptoms persist, schedule an appointment with our dentist.
Restore Your Cracked Tooth Today
Are you looking for an experienced dentist to diagnose and restore your cracked tooth? Dr. Narcisi at the Center for Dental Excellence has been trusted by thousands of patients since 1988. Call our highly qualified dental team today at (412) 373-9447 or message us online to schedule an appointment.