Cracked Teeth Treatment and Repair in Norwalk

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.

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Types of Cracks

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dennis L. Pipher, D.M.D.; Endodontic Associates of Norwalk

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This is a terrific practice. Many folks recommended that I go to Dr Pipher and now I see why. He’s professional, patient and very friendly.

- Rebecca K

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This was so unexpectedly easy! From the booking of the appointment right thru the root canal I had absolutely no issues whatsoever.

- Denise R

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This was not my first rodeo; or root canal. Excellent experience, far exceeding my expectations

- Paul A

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Dr. Pipher sets the office tone with his competency, relaxed manner and friendliness, a great combination for success! As I left today I complimented the staff on their professionalism and overall happiness! Its a happy place to have dental work!

- Cheryl W

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Dr Pipher is a superb clinician who demonstrated a calm and efficient professional demeanor that not only took me out of my dental pain, but actually made it a pleasant experience. As a retired dentist who understands the challenges of treating patients for root canal problems, I am so very impressed with not only Dr Pipher's clinical skills, but also his genuine concern and warmth that he exhibits towards his patient population. I feel very lucky to have been under his care, and cannot think of anyone else treating me now , or in the future.

- Ervin B

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It is not my nature to write reco's of this nature but my experience and results from Dr Pipher were outstanding. He's an excellent practitioner but I get from my brief time working on me, he's a good man and has your best interests and issues about the work. Look if you need Endodontics work...this comes highly recommended to see him / them...

- Hal T

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As optimal an experience as one could have hoped for. Incredibly professional. Entirely pain-free. American dentistry at its very best.

- Charles R

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I cannot fully enough articulate my praise for Dr. Pipher and his staff. The level of professionalism is superior in every respect, yet the office maintains a warmth and support for patient concerns from first moment to last. Arriving for my root canal in a state that can only be described as terror, Dr. Pipher quickly put me at ease, and made sure that I had absolutely no discomfort or emotional concerns. As long as Dr. Pipher is in practice, I know that I will never again dread a root canal, and I would recommend him wholeheartedly to everyone. I suppose the element that makes the most difference of all is that everyone in the office made me feel like a person about whom they truly cared. The laughter and camaraderie I heard around the office indicates that the staff enjoys their work, which is a top-down condition. Because Dr. Pipher is so pleasant (while maintaining the most thorough medical approach), the office overall exhibits the same feeling. You will find no better doctor for this area of dentistry.

- Deborah N

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I appreciated being seen on short notice which was not expecting.I had an infection and was very worried.

- Joe S.Kitchen

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Excellent care , extremely accommodating, friendly and professional staff & team. I’m so grateful that Dr. Kilbride was able to see me (as a new patient) the same day I called the office in pain, needing a root canal. Couldn’t have asked for better care- thank you to everyone at the office for their kindness, compassion and immediate response time.

- Pamela T

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The office was clean, bright & inviting. It smelled clean! Dr. Pipher has a very comforting spirit. They use the very latest technology and completed my root canal in one visit. I was blown away! Thank you so much Dr P. & staff!!!

- Jennifer D

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Feeling stressed and anxious about having a root canal procedure? Make an appointment with Dr. Pipher and rest assured that you will be receiving the BEST care possible! Dr. Pipher's knowledge and skills from extensive experience (over 30,000 root canals performed) coupled with his concern, compassion and wonderful demeanor provides for a most successful and happy outcome. My root canal, bone graft and minor surgery were pain free and above and beyond all expectations. Dr. Pipher truly is an Endodontist of distinction! But, it gets even better ... his staff from the front desk to his assistant are all super friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and efficient. It's another level of competency which lends to a phenomenal, painless and pleasant experience. My saved tooth and I are VERY thankful for Dr. Pipher and his staff!

- Joan K

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Wonderful office. The staff is so friendly and Dr. Pipher has an excellent bedside manner. He made my first root canal experience free of anxiety and painless.

- Victoria

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I Couldn't be more satisfied with the overall treatment and total experience , i had.2 root canals that went perfectly.Dr, Pipher and his staff are polite and take the time to explain the procedure as they go along.I will recommend them highly.

- Jeffrey STROFFOLINO h

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So many years of topnotch care with Dr. Pipher! His post procedure calls are treasured. Debbie is beyond wonderful at the desk and Elizabeth absolutely excels in her more than able assistance to the great doctor himself!

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I really appreciated the upfront explanation of options by Dr. Kilbride regarding my tooth. Once I made the decision for root canal, she explained everything in detail during the procedures. While not a simple procedure, Dr. Kilbride and the team were very focused on my comfort throughout. Great outcome and I would certainly recommend this practice!

- Wally G

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The staff are outstanding and make an unpleasant experience (root canal) enjoyable.

- Jeffrey G

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Very secure with the doctor, procedure, staff and everything about the practice. A staff that has obviously worked together for quite sometime.

- Frank P

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First time here, and it was a great experience! We are talking Root Canal!

- Polly M

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Dr. Pipher is an excellent Dentist. He is kind, gentle and thorough. He explained every step and was genuinely concerned about my comfort. My pain was relieved immediately. The office staff was very helpful and scheduled me same day for an emergency. They also stayed late for me.

- Sharon S

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