Endodontists specialize in saving teeth. The prefix “endo” means inside, and inside teeth is where much of the endodondist’s work is performed. If you’ve ever had a root canal in Provo or elsewhere, it was probably an endodontist who did the procedure.
Root canals are a big part of an endodontist’s practice, but they are by no means the only thing they do. Endodontists also perform oral surgery, provide toothache relief, and treat cracked teeth.
There are many different types of cracks that can appear in teeth. If you’ve ever had one, you know they can cause a lot of pain.
Most cracked teeth continue to function as they were meant to, once they have been treated. There are many different types of cracks, however, and treatment depends on the type, location, and how extensive it is.
Craze lines, for example, are tiny, shallow cracks in the outer enamel. They’re very common in adult teeth. Craze lines are shallow and don’t cause any pain, fortunately. Expect for appearance, they aren’t anything to worry about.
A cracked tooth, on the other hand, extends from the chewing surface down toward the root. The crack can get bigger over time, so early diagnosis and treatment is important. If it’s identified and treated soon enough the tooth can usually be saved. Treatment involves a root canal and a crown to prevent the crack from spreading.
If the crack gets below the gumline, however, it is not treatable. It will have to be extracted.
One of the symptoms of a cracked tooth is pain. But tooth pain doesn’t automatically mean you have a cracked tooth. Even so, early treatment for a toothache is essential in order to prevent long-term problems.
Dr. Jon Jenson provides his patients with toothache relief. He also performs apicoectomies, and endodontic pretreatment. If you’re in the Provo area, call today to schedule an appointment or consultation.
Contact Cascade Endodontics: 801-404-5810
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