Cracked teeth/tooth fractures.

Cracks on back molars.

If when you bite down, you feel a sharp pain you may have a cracked tooth. A tooth crack may have been caused by:

  • Chewing on a hard object or food such as ice, nuts, candy, or popcorn.
  • An accident, like a blow to the mouth.
  • Grinding or clenching your teeth.
  • Weak tooth caused by wear or large old fillings, or root canal.

If you feel pain when you bite down on a tooth please let Dr. Gentry know and he will evaluate the tooth and discuss the best treatment protocol for you. If treated early, the cracked tooth possibly can be treated with a bonded filling or a crown. If the crack is deeper the tooth may require a root canal or even extraction.

Cracked molar. Teeth weak due to large old fillings and tooth broke biting down on an almond.
Dr. Gentry was able to save the tooth with a large bonded composite restoration. A crown will be placed on top.
Fractured front tooth caused by an accident.
Emergency tooth bonding to temporarily repair the fractured front tooth.

If the crack is deep or extends down the root, the tooth may need to be extracted.

Cracked tooth caused from grinding teeth.
Vertical root fracture. Dr. Gentry had to extract the tooth.
Cracked back molar.
Crack extended under the gums along root. Dr. Gentry had to extract the molar.