Injuries and damage can cause a tooth to fracture or break, leading to an emergency situation. There are many circumstances that can cause fractured teeth. If there are small fractures, we can fix them with conservative treatment at Moats Dental. We are able to reattach small fractured pieces or use bonding of a tooth-colored filling or dental crown to repair the tooth.

Our dental team, supervised by our dentist, Dr. Moats Dental, has the skills and experience to fix broken teeth with a number of fractured teeth treatments. Below are the types of tooth fractures and a full list of our services available to help restore your function and smile.

Fractured Cusp

This is one of the most common types of tooth fracture, but also has the best long-term outcome. A part of the tooth breaks off and usually is pain-free. For this fracture, the dentist will place a dental crown. If the fracture occurs in the center of the tooth, a root canal is often required before we can place a dental crown.

Vertical Furcation Fracture

This type of fracture is focused on the furcation, (where the tooth splits into two or more separate roots) and the treatment depends of the severity of the crack. A root canal is usually recommended, followed by a buildup, post, and crown, or if it is determined the tooth cannot be saved, a tooth extraction.

Split Root Fracture

The location where this fracture happens is below the gumline. If the fracture has not reached too far below the gumline, the treatments include a crown lengthening and then a crown. Sometimes, the tooth may require a root canal; otherwise, if the fracture is too deep, the tooth will likely need to be removed.

Vertical Root Fracture

A rare type of fracture, the vertical root fracture typically occurs after a root canal. An apicoectomy is typically the recommended treatment, unless the fracture is too long in length, then an extraction is recommended.

Oblique Root Fractures

These fractures are limited to the roots of teeth, where the crown is still undamaged. The fracture is below the gumline and confined within the bone. If the fracture is too close to the crown, the tooth usually cannot be saved. Endodontic therapy and root amputation can be attempted, if the roots are healthy and strong, but is usually not successful.  The tooth may be saved if the fracture is close to the tip of the root; this is usually accomplished with root canal therapy.

If you have fractured a tooth, get a hold of the dentist asap at 847-279-1440 for fractured teeth treatment in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.