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Our Services / Damaged Teeth

Damaged Teeth

Damaged teeth are more than a cosmetic concern. Without treatment, cracked or chipped teeth may increase the risk of an infection or tooth loss. At NYCEndodontics, in the Lenox Hill area of Manhattan, the team of endodontic specialists provides all-inclusive care for damaged teeth. To make an appointment at the practice in New York City, call the office today or book online.


What are damaged teeth?

If you have damaged teeth, it means they’re chipped, cracked, or unstable. Anyone can experience tooth damage, but it’s especially common in people who play contact sports or fail to practice preventive oral hygiene.

What are some common causes of damaged teeth?

Common causes of damaged teeth include:

  • Age (most tooth damage occurs after the age of 50)
  • Eating something extremely hot or extremely cold
  • Blows to the mouth
  • Biting down on hard foods or objects (ice cubes or popcorn kernels)
  • History of tooth decay

You might also experience tooth damage if you grind your teeth, clench your jaw, or have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

What are the types of tooth damage?

There are several types of tooth damage, including:

Craze lines

Craze lines are small cracks that develop in your tooth enamel. They’re harmless and don’t require treatment.

Fractured cusp

This type of tooth damage often occurs near a filling or crown. It affects the top portion of your enamel and doesn’t extend to the pulp (the soft interior of a tooth).

Split tooth

A split tooth is a type of enamel damage that extends beneath your gum line. This type of damage is so extensive, your tooth might look like it’s been chopped in two.  

Vertical root fracture

A vertical root fracture is a type of tooth damage that begins beneath your gums and travels upward. This type of damage doesn’t present symptoms unless you develop an infection.

How are damaged teeth diagnosed?

To diagnose damaged teeth, your NYCEndodontics provider reviews your dental health history and asks about your symptoms. Next, they conduct an exam and use an oral microscope to pinpoint any damage invisible to the eye. They might also order a series of digital scans or oral X-rays.

How are damaged teeth treated?

Treatment of damaged teeth depends on the severity of the injury and the intensity of your symptoms. Your NYCEndodontics provider might recommend:

  • Dental bonding
  • Fillings
  • Dental crown
  • Root canal therapy
  • Endodontic surgery
  • Extraction

If the damage to your teeth is minor and it doesn’t cause any pain, your provider might recommend a “wait and watch” approach. If your teeth give you problems in the future, you can always request a consultation then.

To receive treatment for damaged teeth, make an appointment at NYCEndodontics today by clicking the online booking tool or calling the office.

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New York City Endodontics 

✆ Phone (appointments and general inquiries): 212-421-9565
Address: 30 East 60th Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10022