- Rely on Dr. Reeh’s years of experience
- Sedation is available to help you relax
- Advanced technology means precise care
Cracked teeth in Stillwater can happen when you least expect it. If you’re in this situation, Dr. Reeh can help. His expertise and skills have helped thousands of patients over his long career. You can count on him and our staff to:Using 3D Imagine to Help Fix Your Teeth Read Transcript
Using 3D Imagine to Help Fix Your Teeth
Cracked teeth are one of the enigmas in dentistry. They are difficult to diagnose. They are difficult to figure out. In the past, we could only do it through direct visualization. We now have three dimensional imaging that will allow us to see your tooth in high resolution. It's a misconception that the scan actually shows the crack, but what it does show is bone loss associated with inflammation caused by the crack. And when you learn how to read these scans, you can see patterns of bone loss that will allow you to diagnose a cracked tooth. And then you can get into a discussion about what treatment options are available and what the prognosis for the different situations is going to be.
- Assess the condition of your tooth with precision
- Take measures to stop your pain
- Make recommendations for necessary treatment
If you’re having a dental emergency, call us as soon as possible at 651-370-9498. Established patients can be seen after hours and on weekends, so don’t suffer in pain any longer than necessary! Sedation is always available if you need help relaxing during your treatment.
A Cracked Tooth Spells Trouble
If you leave a cracked tooth untreated, your situation can worsen and become more painful. It’s always best to see us as soon as you can for this type of problem so that we can help you through it. We’ll use advanced technology like a 3-D CT scanner and digital X-rays to diagnose your condition.
Below are a few types of cracked teeth and the treatments commonly associated with them:
- Craze Lines – Many adults have these small cracks on their teeth. They affect only the tooth’s outer layer (enamel) and are usually nothing to worry about.
- Fractured Cusp – A fractured cusp can occur whenever a cusp (the pointed part of the biting surface of the tooth) becomes weakened. It usually doesn’t affect the pulp (the inside part of the tooth), so a root canal procedure is often not necessary. In most cases, your regular dentist will place a crown to protect the tooth.
- Vertical Root Fracture – This crack runs from the top part of the tooth down toward the root. Sometimes a crack will extend into the root itself. When a tooth is cracked in this way, the pulp usually becomes infected, so root canal therapy is often needed. If a crack is left untreated, the infection will worsen until you eventually lose the tooth. That’s why early detection is crucial to save your tooth.
- Split Tooth – In most cases, a split tooth occurs because a cracked tooth was left untreated. Usually, you will see a crack in the tooth and separate segments of the tooth divided by the crack. For these cases, there is no way to save the whole tooth. Your individual circumstances will determine what part, if any, of the tooth Dr. Reeh can preserve.
If you have one or more cracked teeth in Stillwater, call us today at 651-370-9498 to schedule an appointment. You can also make an appointment .