Will I need an implant if I have a cracked tooth?
A cracked tooth is often accompanied by significant pain or sensitivity, and such an injury can result in an infection of the pulp that may spread to other parts of the mouth. Because of the associated discomfort and the risk of infection, it is important to repair a cracked tooth as quickly as possible.
The treatment will depend on the severity and location of the crack. If the crack is superficial, affecting just the tooth’s outer layer, then you may only need a crown. A cracked tooth with more significant damage, such as one in which the pulp has been compromised, will need at least a root canal. If the root canal fails or if the crack is severe (e.g., it extends to the underlying bone), the tooth likely will need to be extracted. Also, if you’re experiencing sharp, shooting pains in a tooth but the crack is not readily visible, the dentist may need to extract the tooth to even identify the source of the pain. In cases of extraction, you can work with an implant dentist who will use a dental implant to replace the missing tooth.
When a tooth is extracted, dental implants are the ideal replacement because they replicate the tooth’s root structure. In the absence of the root, the jawbone can erode over time. An implant, which is a titanium screw-like structure that eventually integrates into the bone, functions in a fashion similar to the original root. The artificial tooth, designed to fit in with the smile’s natural shade and shape, is then placed atop the implant.
In addition to preserving the underlying bone, dental implants tend to be more durable than other tooth replacement methods, such as crowns. If you care for them properly, implants can last for decades.
If you have a cracked tooth that is causing you pain, a dentist with experience in dental implants will be able to provide you with the highest level of treatment if you have a severely damaged tooth. Contact our Plano implant dental practice for an evaluation.