Cracked Molar Repair
Cracks in molars are common because these teeth carry a lot of pressure. Patients who have cracked molars can have a condition known as ‘Cracked Tooth Syndrome’.
Some of the most common causes of a cracked molar include:
- Poor Teeth Contact. This can increase the pressure on the molars and lead to cracking.
- Large Fillings. Teeth that have been treated and have large fillings are more prone to developing cracks.
- Teeth Treated With Root Canal Therapy. Like tooth with large fillings, Root Canal treated teeth are prone to getting cracks.
Cracked Molar Symptoms
Here are some of the most common symptoms of cracked molars:
- Pain when biting or chewing. The sensitivity felt by the pain can range from mild to severe.
- Sensitivity to cold or heat
- Dental Abscess. This is a pus-filled fistula that can develop at the base of the affected molar and can appear as a small bump where the gums meet the cheek.
Cracked Molar Remedies
The treatment for a cracked molar is going to depend on a couple of factors, which include:
- Where the crack is located.
- How large the crack is.
- How deep it is; superficial cracks are easier to treat.
These are going to be determined through radiography. Smaller cracks may not appear on x-ray imaging.
Common treatment methods that may be used to treat a cracked molar include:
- Fillings. Some molars can be saved by using fillings.
- Root Canal Therapy. This is going to desensitize the tooth from temperature extremes, but a patient may still feel pressure.
- Extraction. This may be necessary when the crack is too big or when one more cusp of the molar is affected. When a tooth is extracted it can be replaced with a bridge or a dental implant.
When an infection has set in or when there is increased sensitivity with the tooth, the following treatments may be used:
- Antibiotics, this is given to patients in order to help treat the infection before extraction or treatment is attempted.
- Pain Medication
A cracked molar can have many underlying factors. It is important for the patient and dentist to work together to work out what those factors are in order to prevent future problems. Treatments that can prevent future cracked molars include:
- Night Guards. These are used with patients who grind their teeth during sleep.
- Improving Tooth Contact. Poor contact can increase pressure on the molars making them more susceptible to cracks.