Injuries to your face is somewhat of a fact of life. It can be very difficult to protect your head from trauma all of the time especially when accidents lurk just about everywhere. An out-of-control baseball can be headed for you at any moment. Aside from knocked out teeth, one of the more common results of this type of injury are dental cracks. But what more do you need to know about this form of dental trauma?
Treatable vs. Untreatable Cracks
There are two types of cracks which your dentist will be interested in. The first type of crack is the treatable one. A treatable tooth can still be salvaged although you may need to undergo a root canal procedure in order to dull out the pain which comes with having an exposed pulp. A treatable tooth is one wherein in the crack does not extend all the way to the dental root, and is only contained within the crown portion of the tooth.
On the other hand, an untreatable tooth involves a tooth wherein the damage extends all the way to the root of the tooth. Since this very sensitive layer has already been affected, there is no other option for this type of tooth to be saved and it must be extracted. The reason for the extraction is because you are only susceptible to more infection because the exposed pulp reaches deep within your gums.
Types of Untreatable Teeth Cracks
This type of untreatable teeth comes in a variety of forms. Below are some of the examples of untreatable teeth:
Split Tooth. What happens when you have a split tooth is that the split extends all the way to the root portion of the tooth. The reason for why a split tooth could have something to do with an existing crack that has managed to move all the way down to the root of the tooth. While the tooth cannot be saved in tact, it is actually possible for the rest of the tooth to be kept in place and for the crown to only be reconstructed.
Vertical Root Fracture. This type of crack happens when the split starts within the dental root first and slowly makes its way up to the crown of the tooth. They are unnoticed for a long period of time because of their lack of signs and symptoms. When a tooth has been shown to have vertical root fracture, then the only recourse might be remove the tooth.
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