Fractures are a common thing in the world of dentistry. Fractures or cracks occur in all ages, although they are more present in people over 25 years of age. They can be very painful, difficult to diagnose, and sometimes easy to treat. There are several types of fractures, which we will see below.
The first type of crack is known as an oblique supra-gingival fracture. This fracture is located above the gums, and usually occurs when you bite too much into something. Normally, this fracture does not involve the nerve. Once the fractured area of the tooth is broken, the pain will go away. Although exposed dentin may cause you some pain, you can visit the dentist and have it repaired. If the fracture is large, a crown may need to be placed on the tooth to prevent further fractures on that tooth.
The second type of crack extends well below the gum line and is known as an oblique subgingival fracture. Once a fractured tooth breaks, it normally remains attached to the gums and causes excruciating pain until it is removed. Once the tooth piece has been removed from your gums, the tooth will be similar to a supra-gingival fracture. It does not normally affect the nerves, although as a result of the loss of the tooth area, you may need a root canal to clean the tooth before placing a crown.
The severity of this fracture depends on how far it has gone beyond the gum line. If it has reached the bottom of the gum line, you may not be able to save the tooth. The crack can be present for many years before you start to feel any pain. To be safe, you should go for regular check-ups with your dentist, as he can detect cracks and other problems.
The oblique root fracture is as follows, although it does not involve the dental crown at all. This type of fracture is almost always under the gums, usually under the bone. If a root fracture is found near the crown of the tooth, it will usually prove fatal. Sometimes you can save the tooth with a root canal, although it is usually lost later due to an abscess of the bone surrounding the fracture.
The last type of fracture is the most difficult to treat. Vertical apical root fractures occur with the tip of the root and can cause severe pain, even if the nerve has been removed with a root canal. Although the nerve is not present, vertical fractures of the apical root cause a lot of pain, which occurs in the tooth.
Typically, apical vertical fractures will cause you more pain than any other type of fracture. The resulting pain comes from the fragments putting pressure on the bone, causing the fractured pieces to tighten. The only way to get relief from this type of fracture is to get a root canal, as it will relieve pain and remove the dead pulp from the fractured tooth.
Although fractures are very common and very painful, you should never stop going to the dentist. Fractures can become more and more serious if you don’t do something about them, so you should never hesitate to go to the dentist. Your dentist will be able to diagnose the problem and fix it before it has a chance of getting worse.
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