Treatment Options for Talon Cusps
Talon cusp treatment can depend on a few factors, such as the cusp's size, if there's pulp inside of it, and when it's diagnosed. What's most important to determine for proper treatment is whether the cusp is causing a dental issue or affecting your quality of life. Your dental professional will be able to help you determine how severe your cusp is and what type of treatment, if any, you need!
Small cusps may not need treatment at all. If you have a small talon cusp, it may be gradually ground down over time, creating a smooth tooth surface. However, if your cusp contains tooth pulp that has become infected or is large enough to interfere with chewing or other daily functions, endodontic treatment, like a root canal, might be necessary.
As noted by the Case Reports in Dentistry literature review, there's a wide range of treatment options that depend on your talon cusp's severity and if it has caused any other issues. Necessary treatments can range from treating the problem that a minor cusp has caused, such as tooth decay, to a several months-long treatment of removing the cusp but preserving the pulp of a more severe case.
If you notice a cusp-like projection or another type of anomaly on one of your teeth, your best bet is always to see your dental professional! If the issue is causing you discomfort, your dental professional can help put you at ease by educating you on what this anomaly is and potential treatment options. Talon cusps don't have to inhibit your daily life or make you self-conscious about your mouth's appearance. Your dentist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that alleviates your concerns and makes you more confident in the appearance of your smile!