Why Some Cracked Teeth Need Root Canal Treatment

If your tooth has cracked, then you may already expect to need a dental crown or other appropriate restoration to fix it. However, you may be surprised if your dentist suggests performing root canal treatment before fixing the crack in your tooth. To many patients, root canal treatment is something that only infected teeth need. Yet, if your tooth is cracked severely enough, then the internal chamber of your tooth could be instantly exposed to harmful oral bacteria, and the procedure can remove the threat of infection before your dentist caps your tooth.

What a Tooth Crack Exposes

The main body of your tooth’s crown, called dentin, makes up the majority of your tooth’s structure. At the center of the dentin is chamber called the pulp, which contains your tooth’s nerves, blood vessels, and other vital tissues. When a tooth’s dentin is cracked or broken, the pulp may be exposed, which places your tooth at an immediate risk of internal infection. Before restoring the crack, your dentist will ensure that the restoration doesn’t trap an infection inside of your tooth by performing root canal treatment first.

Fully Restoring Your Cracked Tooth

Any restorative treatment for your tooth has two main goals; to fix whatever damage has afflicted it, and to prevent further damage or infection to your tooth. After performing root canal treatment, your dentist can fix the crack in your tooth by placing a custom-designed dental crown over the tooth’s dentin. The crown not only restores the tooth, but also restores your ability to bite and chew comfortably, without inflicting further damage on your tooth.

Learn More About Saving Your Cracked Tooth

If your tooth is cracked, then your dentist might suggest root canal treatment to remove any potential infection before placing a crown to restore the tooth. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.

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