Treatment options for a cracked tooth include filling the crack, fitting the tooth with a crown, extracting the tooth and replacing it with a prosthesis and leaving the tooth in its current condition, as stated by the American Association of Endodontists. The treatment depends on the size of the crack and where the crack is located.
Individuals with a cracked tooth should see a dentist promptly after cracking the tooth to explore treatment options. If the crack is shallow and not causing the patient pain, the crack can be left as is. Some patients may choose to get the crack filled for aesthetics.
Cracks that damage the pulp of the tooth often require a root canal and crown, as stated by WebMD. If a crack is at the root of the tooth, the tooth will likely need to be extracted.