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Does Your Cracked Tooth Require Surgical Extraction?

Posted on 8/9/2021 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
Does Your Cracked Tooth Require Surgical Extraction?Teeth can crack for a variety of reasons. Whether you have a cracked tooth due to an injury, grinding your teeth, or even natural aging, cracked teeth need to be repaired. If left untreated, cracked teeth are highly susceptible to infection and other serious complications. There are many treatment options available for cracked teeth, and sometimes extraction is necessary. Read on to learn more.

Non-Surgical Treatments For Cracked Teeth

Cracked teeth usually do not require surgical extraction. A tooth with a minor crack or chip can often be repaired using dental bonding. Bonding involves using a composite material to fill in the missing piece of tooth. For moderate cracks, veneers and crowns are common restorative methods. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that cover the fronts of damaged teeth, while a crown is a ceramic cap that goes over an entire tooth. In general, extraction is not necessary if a crack has not yet extended below the gum line.

When Do Cracked Teeth Need to Be Extracted?

Extraction is usually the last resort when it comes to most dental situations. However, if a dental crack extends below the gum line, it can cause damage to your gums and the root of your tooth. This can also occur if a minor crack goes untreated and continues to spread down the tooth. In cases where a tooth is fractured below the gum line and damaged beyond repair, surgical extraction may be necessary. We may also need to perform a root canal procedure if your tooth pulp was damaged or if your cracked tooth became infected. After extracting your fractured tooth, we would use a dental implant, bridge, or partial denture to restore your smile.

No matter how severe your dental crack is, you should come see us to discuss your options for treatment. Call our office to find out how we can repair your cracked tooth.
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