There are a variety of circumstances that call for a dental implant, and one is a fractured or broken tooth.
Why Teeth Fracture
Clenching, grinding and chewing on hard objects can lead to cracks. Cracks can spread if not treated quickly. At a certain point, the natural tooth cannot be saved.
Previous dental procedures can also cause tooth breakage and fracturing, leading to the need for dental implants or root canals.
Cracked Or Fractured?
Teeth are in fact very tough, but not invincible. Our teeth are exposed to many stressors, and that means wear and tear. Over time, small cracks can form in teeth, and if they aren’t treated, pain and more serious issues can occur.
If you experience pain when biting or chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages, or pain that comes and goes, go get a dental checkup.
Cracks in the teeth can reach down to the dentin, the inner part if the tooth, which can be painful. It can also lead to infection. Cracks can reach even farther into the tooth, into a part called pulp. Pulp can become damaged to the point that it won’t heal.
Why Fractures Need Implants
There are two cases specifically that generally require a dental implant. One is a split tooth. This is when a crack starts at the top of the tooth and extends down into the root. When cracks extend below the gum line, the tooth generally must be removed.
Vertical root fractures generally begin at the root of the tooth and work their way up. They are often only discovered when the surrounding gum and bone become infected. Vertical root fractures generally require that the tooth be extracted, and a dental implant put in place.
Dental implants are the best option for replacing a severely fractured tooth. Implants feel and function just like real teeth, and look like real teeth as well. They are the most permanent, lasting solution to severe tooth or root fractures.