While we wish our teeth were as strong as metal, they’re susceptible to wear and tear—and sometimes that can come in the form of a crack. There are five types of cracked teeth, and the one we’ll discuss today is called a vertical root fracture. We’ll look into the fractured tooth root symptoms, causes, and treatment.
Imagine looking at a whole tooth and seeing a line at the very bottom moving upwards. That’s what a vertical root fracture looks like. Vertical root fractures are vertical cracks in your tooth that begin at the root of your tooth and run toward the top of the tooth. Because they normally don’t show signs or symptoms, they can go unnoticed. However, they can lead to an infection in the surrounding bone and gum, which can be noticeable and painful for the patient.