Cracked Teeth Specialist

Sarmiento Microendodontics

Endodontist located in Cypress, TX

If you have a cracked tooth, seeking treatment right away is important. At Sarmiento Microendodontics in Cypress, Texas, endodontics specialist Bernardo Sarmiento Jr., DDS, MSD, can treat cracked teeth to restore them and reduce your risk of serious complications. Call the Northwest Houston office to schedule a same-day appointment or book online today.

Cracked Teeth Q & A

What are cracked teeth?

With cracked teeth, the hard outer part of your tooth breaks or develops a crack in it. Untreated cracked teeth can make the crack bigger and cause serious pain or tooth damage. Visit Sarmiento Microendodontics at the first sign of a crack in your tooth.

What are the symptoms of cracked teeth?

If you have cracked teeth, you may experience the following signs or symptoms:

  • Pain with chewing
  • A visible crack in your teeth
  • Hot and cold sensitivity
  • Worsening discomfort
  • Pain that comes and goes

You may develop cracked teeth because of normal wear and tear, a traumatic injury, or biting on something hard. Seek treatment before a crack in your tooth gets worse. Once treated, cracked teeth can function properly again.

What are the different types of cracked teeth?

The best treatment for cracked teeth depends on the type and severity of the crack you experience. Examples include:

Tiny cracks

Tiny cracks only affect the outer enamel of the tooth. They are more common in adults than in children. Since they are superficial, tiny cracks usually aren’t cause for concern.

Fractured cusps

Fractured cusps often don’t damage the tooth’s pulp, so a root canal isn’t usually necessary.

Cracked tooth

A cracked tooth requires treatment as it extends from the chewing surface of your tooth toward the root of the tooth or below your gum line.

Split tooth

Often saving an untreated cracked tooth that splits isn’t possible, but Dr. Sarmiento may be able to save a portion of the tooth.

Vertical root fractures

A vertical root fracture begins at the tooth’s root and extends toward the chewing surface of your tooth. Vertical root fractures often produce minimal symptoms and may go unnoticed. 

Craze lines

Craze lines are tiny cracks that usually affect just the outer enamel of your teeth. They are common among adults but aren’t painful or concerning unless you’re worried about the appearance of an affected tooth.

How does my provider diagnose cracked teeth?

Dr. Sarmiento can diagnose cracked teeth after examining your teeth and gums. He discusses your oral health history, asks about your symptoms, and reviews the results of dental X-rays to determine the type and severity of cracked teeth you have. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to give you the best outcome.

What are my treatment options for cracked teeth?

If your cracked teeth require treatment, Dr. Sarmiento may recommend:

Dental bonding

Dental bonding uses plastic resin to fill in tooth cracks and restore their function and appearance. 

Dental crowns

Dental crowns are tooth-colored caps that fit over the top of damaged teeth to protect them and prevent future damage. 

Root canals

Dr. Sarmiento can complete root canal treatment or retreatment to save a tooth from falling out or requiring extraction. 

He numbs the treatment area and removes decaying or damaged pulp in the inner part of your tooth. Dr. Sarmiento fills in empty spaces with dental materials, seals the tooth shut, and repairs cracks. He might place a filling or crown on your restored tooth to protect it.

Don’t let cracked teeth cause pain or more serious dental problems. Call the Sarmiento Microendodontics office or book an appointment online today.