Cracked Teeth: Do They Require Extractions?

If you notice a crack in your tooth, does that mean you need an immediate dental extraction? Not exactly. As you might have already guessed, there are many different types of cracks and injuries that your teeth may incur. Some, of course, are much more severe than others. While removing a tooth that we cannot save through any other means is a solution that can protect your oral health, this is a last resort (not an immediate decision). Learn more!

Not Always

In many cases, the crack in your tooth isn’t enough to warrant a dental extraction. In short, if we can repair your tooth, it will remain strong enough to function for many more years, and there’s enough tissue to salvage, you will not require an extraction. This is generally the case when a fracture does not extend below your gumline or if you have a craze line (an esthetic fracture that is easily treated with cosmetic care).

Sometimes They Do

Now, about those instances in which you may require a dental extraction for a cracked tooth. If your crack and damage is severe and there’s not enough tissue to work with (or the tissue is too thin or weak), removal is essential. If your crack extends below the gumline and we cannot repair your tooth with root canal treatment (the crack allows bacteria into your roots) and a crown, we may suggest a dental extraction. Always remember: We offer a full selection of tooth replacement options, so you smile can remain complete.

See Us Immediately If You Have A Cracked Tooth

The sooner you come in to see us, the easier it is for us to treat your cracked tooth without leaving time for complications to occur. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Cerritos, CA, and all surrounding communities, such as Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and more.