Dentist in Christiansburg VA for fractured tooth repair

With time, or due to certain reasons, cracks start appearing on the surface of your teeth. They can lead to long-term dental problems such as tooth sensitivity and tooth decay. It is highly unlikely that you can detect them because they are so sleek and often deep; this is why you need a dentist in your life.

What is a fractured tooth?

A fractured or cracked tooth results from minor or major cracks forming in your tooth. These cracks are often small, painless, and harmless and involve the surface only. However, the deeper ones can actually split your tooth into two.

Here are the reasons that can cause your teeth to fracture or crack:

  • teeth grinding habits
  • old or large dental fillings that weakens the tooth over time
  • biting or chewing on hard things
  • a blow or hard impact to the mouth from a fall, trauma, sport injury or car accident
  • abruptly going from hot to cold, or vice versa i your mouth (drastic temperature changes)
  • old age

Types of Fractured Tooth

Opulent Dental strives to provide every patient with state-of-the-art dental care, the foundation of which lies on a thorough and complete diagnosis. To examine, diagnose and treat the tooth rightly, it is crucial to know the type of cracked or fractured tooth a dentist is dealing with.

  • Craze lines- small, painless crack(s) on the outer surface of the tooth. Often harmless and may not require any treatment.
  • Fractured cusp- crack in the back teeth can destroy the tooth structure. Even though a fracture cusp seldom harms the dental pulp, you will still need a dental filling to treat it.
  • Cracks in the gum line- oftentimes the tooth has deep, vertical cracks that can extend into the gum line. If this happen, the tooth requires prompt dental treatment, most of the time the only option is tooth extraction.
  • Split tooth- an extensive crack that goes beneath the gum line can make your tooth split into two parts. The tooth can often be saved with the expertise of a dentist.
  • Vertical root fracture- this is an inside out crack. It begins in the root and travels vertically and upwards to the crown portion. Initially symptomless, it is only detected when an infection has harbored and it gets difficult to save the tooth.

To diagnose the type of cracked tooth, here are the advanced methods we use at Opulent Dental:

  • 3D imaging
  • Digital radiographs
  • Trans illumination
  • Laser rays

Treatment options:

  • Removal of the fractured part
  • Dental bonding
  • Dental fillings
  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Dental crowns
  • Tooth removal (extraction)


Can a dentist save my fractured tooth?
Dr. Dutt at Opulent Dental believes in conservative dental procedures, and saving the tooth at any cost. If the fracture is repairable, the tooth will be saved with the required dental treatment. However, if the damage is beyond repair, you might have to get the tooth removed.
Is fixing a fractured tooth painful?
It depends on the severity of the damage and type of dental treatment. However at Opulent Dental, the use of innovative technology and advanced dental methods allow us to treat our patients in a painless way.

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