Fracturing, cracking, or chipping teeth occurs in various levels of severity, with the most minor issues triggering sensitivity that can be repaired relatively easily. When a tooth suffers a more severe crack, a patient’s tooth pulp can become exposed, unbeknownst to the patient. In these cases, pain is sporadic, causing sensitivity irregularly which often results in trouble pinpointing the issue.
When a tooth cracks, the sooner it is treated, the better chance you have at restoring its health and function, though when a patient can’t communicate the location or cause of their pain, diagnosis can become difficult. In some cases, a patient may not realize the severity of the problem until the tooth becomes infected. In these instances, the soft tissue within the tooth is compromised and requires treatment.
Root canal therapy is often a patient’s best option for restoring functionality and eliminating pain in an infected, cracked tooth. A root canal allows the dentist to repair a badly infected tooth by disinfecting the interior and sealing the tooth to prevent future decay.
After Receiving Root Canal Therapy
It’s important to remember that once a tooth undergoes root canal therapy, it is more fragile than it was before it became cracked. Take caution when chewing on hard surfaces and try to avoid hard foods that may worsen the issue. Because of the increased vulnerability, a tooth has after receiving root canal therapy, many patients opt for a permanent dental crown which helps protect the natural tooth from exposure and further decay.
Many patients fear root canal therapy because they’ve heard horror stories about others’ experiences; however, when performed correctly, root canal therapy should alleviate pain and swelling caused by a cracked and infected tooth. When left untreated, an infected tooth can trigger an abscess and can eventually lead to bone loss, so treatment is critical.
If you’re experiencing tooth sensitivity, mouth pain, or facial swelling, we’d love to help you restore comfort and function. Feel free to give us a call to discuss treatment options or schedule a consultation to explore your treatment opportunities.