If you ask someone what a fracture in the body is, they probably will talk about a break in the arms or legs. To most people, a fracture is the same no matter where it happens in the body.
For people that have more knowledge, they know there are many different types of fractures and there are many parts of the body besides the arms and legs that can suffer a fracture. When it comes to your oral health a crown fracture is something that can affect your oral health. Some crown fractures are uncomplicated crown factures. This is what makes them different.
The Anatomy of a Tooth
The difference between an uncomplicated crown fracture and a complicated crown fracture is based on the anatomy of the tooth. The tooth is made up of different layers and parts. The outermost layer is the enamel which forms a protective coating for the tooth. Beneath the enamel is the dentin. Dentin is a hard tissue that contains microscopic tubes. The next layer is the pulp. The pulp is soft tissue that is living tissue. The final layers are the cementum and the periodontal ligament.
Uncomplicated Vs. Complicated Crown Fractures
The difference between an uncomplicated and a complicated crown fracture is how deep the fracture goes. An uncomplicated crown fracture will involve the enamel and the dentin layers of a tooth. It does not involve any exposure of the pulp. The complicated fracture will also involve exposure of the pulp.
The treatment for the uncomplicated crown fracture works to preserve the pulp of the tooth. It can involve smoothing of any cracks or the use of different materials to fill in the cracks. If the fracture does not go too far, it is possible to preserve the tooth and prevent any further damage and exposure of the pulp. Give us a call today to talk to our dental professionals or to schedule your next appointment.