Cracked Teeth

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.

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.

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First time experiencing a dental emergency, and am I glad to have been referred here! I left a voicemail on Sunday afternoon and Jen calle me back at 8:30 Monday morning to get me in. Dr Kinras assistant (I cannot remember her name even though she was with me the entire time ️) was amazing. She took such great care of me. Dr Kinra? He has a gift for people. He is incredible. I will make the 2.5 hour drive for next appointment and if/when something else happens FOR SURE!

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I was very nervous and couldn't sleep the night before. The Dr. said that the worst part was the numbing with the needle. Not sure if it made sense, but she was very gentle with the needle. After that I was much calmer and almost fell asleep during the procedure. Except for a little tooth ache because of the procedure, I didn't feel any pain or discomfort after. The Dr. and the staff were excellent. If I ever need another root canal, I would definitely go back.

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Dr. DeKock is amazing. She has performed 2 procedures for me (root canal and Apicoectomy) and both were pain free. I’m usually fearful without laughing gas but I don’t need it with her. Even the shots are pain free. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this facility.

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I don't like needles in my mouth...never have in any of my 70 years, so when my dentist sent me to Dr. Kinra for a root canal I can't say that I was really looking forward to it. However, once I got to their office I found the staff so pleasant and so willing to listen AND answer any of the many questions I had that I forgot about thinking of the actual procedure and any worries. And as far as the procedure itself, and I have had root canals before, this was the fastest and most PAIN-FREE root canal I've ever had. Even the initial pain-numbing shots which I always feared, were barely felt! Dr. Kinra and his assistant talked me through everything they were going to do and mentioned again each time they were just about to do something. I ALWAYS knew what they were doing and how I was coming along. And when it was done, I could hardly believe it was over. I would definitely recommend this office and doctor to anyone. Also, having been an automotive design engineer, failures analyst, and end-of-test engine evaluator for 44 years, I was quite impressed with the high tech equipment available for use in this office which, I'm sure, greatly helped the doctor in what he needed to do. My thanks to everyone there.

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Most patients are terrified to get a root canal-this office is the best. Absolutely pain-free! Dr. Kinra and his staff are so respectful of the patient's needs and concerns. Everything was explained to me prior to treatment and I had no problems after my appointment.

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1st Class Professional With A Personal Touch!! Have had procedures done by Dr. Kinra for years and last appointment (tho different & I was nervous) was a breeze. Dr. Kinra & Staff are the best. Taking the time & being so gentle & kind. Wouldn't go anywhere else. What a Fun & Fantastic group..They really do care about their patients & give the best treatments & options. Love To All

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Coming to this office was a second attempt at a failed root canal at a previous office. I was nervous, since my last experience did not go well. But …. NO NEED to be nervous. Dr DeKock was wonderful, the staff were wonderful. I am now pain free after weeks of discomfort. Thank you all for taking a previous bad experience and putting me at ease!!

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Far and away the BEST dental experience I have ever had! Always made to feel comfortable and at ease. Never any pain, period! Dr. Kinra and his staff are highly recommended by this guy.

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Absolutely the best kind of people. Everyone is nice, more than competent. On time. Least amount of pain involved and had one of the best dental family in Florida. Happy to say it believe I have found the same kind of people here. They put you at ease when you’re in excruciating pain, fix you up and out the door. And did I say, they’re nice. Saw Dr. Dekock for both rootcanals

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Amazing staff! Dr Kinra is efficient and kind. 45 minutes out the door post the it canal! Thank you!

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Diwakar Kinra DDS MS and staff. You’re the best people I’ve ever met. I’m praying for all of you and your success in life. This is the first time I ever been treated nice & kind from a endodontist. Thank you so much.

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Dr. Kinra and his staff are outstanding! Professional, kind, experienced, gentle and extremely friendly and comfortable. I have had a few procedures done and it has always been a pleasant experience. Yes! A root canal was actually pleasant and relatively pain free. I recommend Dr. Kinra to everyone I know

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