Teeth consist of a protective outer layer called enamel, the inner support structure called dentin, and the innermost core called the pulp, containing nerves and blood vessels. When you get a cracked tooth in the enamel alone, it might be superficial and not even cause issues. It still requires examination, however, because if the crack goes further, the dentin has no way to protect the nerves in the pulp from being affected by the breach. If any foreign substance like liquid or air gets through the crack and touches the nerves, the result is a sharp pain. And since bacteria are microscopic, they will eventually make their way through any significant crack to do major damage.

Enter the Endodontist

Endodontics is the branch of dentistry focusing on procedures to maintain the pulp within your teeth (from Greek, endo- means inside and –odont means tooth). An endodontist is therefore a dentist with specialized training for working deep inside teeth. This training includes identifying different types of cracks that happen to teeth, falling into five categories:

Since cracks like vertical root fractures depend on early diagnosis, it’s important to note the symptoms of a cracked tooth, which include:

If you have one or more of these symptoms, please call the Marconi Dental Group in Carmichael or schedule a consultation here on our website so we can discuss the issue with you. A prudent exam including x-ray images of your tooth will verify if there is a crack, and it allows the endodontist to identify what kind. At that point, your endodontist goes over all the options for repairing the crack before it spreads.
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