Cracked Teeth • Salem VA

Tooth Pain Explained

Cracked teeth demonstrate many types of symptoms, including pain when chewing, temperature sensitivities, or even the release of biting pressure. It is also common for tooth pain to come and go, making it difficult to diagnose the cause of discomfort.

Chewing can cause movement of the cracked pieces of your tooth, and the pulp within the tooth becomes irritated. At the same time, when biting pressure is released, the crack can close quickly, resulting in sharp pain. Eventually, the pulp will become damaged and tooth will consistently hurt, even when you are not chewing. It is possible that cracks can lead to infection of the pulp tissue, which can spread to the bone and gum surrounding the problematic tooth.

For more information about Cracked Teeth or to schedule a consult with Dr. Garden, please use our online Appointment form or call our office in Salem at Salem VA Endodontic Office Phone Number 540-989-6648.

We Invite you to read Patient Reviews about experiences with cracked teeth at Roanoke Endodontics.

Video: Understanding cracked teeth and treatments to save your tooth

Types of Cracks

A depiction of craze lines on teeth

Craze lines

These are tiny cracks that only affect the outer enamel of the tooth. These cracks are more common in adults. These types of cracks are superficial and are usually of no concern.

An example of a tooth with a fractured cusp

Fractured Cusp

When a cusp becomes weakened, a fracture may result. The cusp may break off or be removed by a dentist. A fractured cusp rarely damages the pulp, so root canal is not necessary. Your dentist will usually restore the tooth with a full crown.

A sample of a tooth showing a treatable cracked tooth

Treatable Cracked Tooth

This type of crack extends from the chewing surface of the tooth and vertically migrates towards the root. In some cases, the crack may extend below the gum line. It is possible for the crack to extend further into the root. Damage to the pulp is commonplace. In this case, root canal treatment is usually necessary. A cracked tooth that is not treated will worsen, resulting in the loss of the tooth. Therefore, early detection is essential.

A depiction of a tooth split with distinct segments

Split Tooth

A split tooth is usually the result of an untreated cracked tooth. It can be identified by a crack with distinct segments. This type of tooth can never be saved intact. Yet, the position and extent of the problem will dictate whether any portion of the tooth can be saved. Sometimes, endodontic retreatment by the doctors and restoration by your dentist can be used to save a portion of the tooth.

An example of a vertical fracture starting at the tooth's root

Vertical Root Fracture

A vertical root fracture begins at the root and extends towards the chewing surface of the tooth. Unfortunately, they show minimal symptoms and may go unnoticed. Treatment involves endodontic surgery if a portion of the tooth can be saved by removal of the fractured root. Otherwise, the tooth will have to be extracted.

Dental Patient Reviews: Cracked Teeth

This section is in progress. If you wish to rate your experience with Roanoke Endodontics, we invite you to fill out an online patient review.

Roanoke Endodontics

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Patient Review by Melissa L

Dr Garden explains everything and is patient and caring. Excellent care and service. Thank you!!

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Patient Review by Sheryl G

Very good experience.

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Patient Review by Cindi F

The professionalism from this entire office is exemplary. I greatly appreciated the time Dr Garden took to explain the problem and options to me. Her kindness and honesty were commendable. I would not hesitate to visit this office again.

- Cindi F

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Patient Review by Michael C

A well run Business, and extremely Professional in all aspects...

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Patient Review by Brad C

Dr. Garden and her team were fantastic! Excellent service and thorough advice.

- Brad C

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Patient Review by Ellen S

Staff and doctor were awesome. They were informative, professional, and efficient.

- Ellen S

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Patient Review by Mona A

The office staff were helpful and kind to me. The doctor was very knowledgeable and I would have complete confidence in her abilities.

- Mona A

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Patient Review by WILLIAM P

Having a root removed was something very new for me and I am very pleased with the result. It has saved the tooth and am healing very well.


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Patient Review by Yvonne R

My visit was for a consult to determine why my tooth had abscessed. Xrays were taken - then it was fully explained to me what had happened and told my xrays were going to be returned to my dentist for his review to determine how the next procedure would be done. Staff was extremely helpful and friendly. Appreciated Dr. Gardner's explanation of the problem and options I would have.

- Yvonne R

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Patient Review by WILLIAM P

Felt like everyone knew what they were doing and I was getting the best care possible for my condition.


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Patient Review by WILLIAM P

I like the way things are explained completely and I know the cost of things up front.


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Patient Review by shelby w

Great experience - quaint office - very nice staff

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