What is a Cracked Tooth?
When a tooth cracks, it can cause severe pain and discomfort. Smaller and more mild cracks are known as craze lines, and these are typically harmless in nature. However, when a tooth cracks, it can expose the inner pulp of the tooth, creating pain and sensitivity. Treatment is necessary of a tooth that has cracked to the point of compromising the overall structure of the dentition.
What might cause a Cracked Tooth?
Teeth can crack for a variety of reasons and some causes are even preventable. If you suspect a cracked tooth, it’s important to make an appointment with our office so that we can help in treating the problem. Some of the most common causes of a cracked tooth include:
- Bruxism (tooth grinding)
- Biting down on a hard object or piece of food
- A tooth that’s recently had a root canal
- Large fillings
- Orthodontic treatment that isn’t being monitored
When should you seek treatment for a Cracked Tooth?
Certain cracks are relatively harmless in nature and these are known as craze lines. Craze lines are enamel-deep and while they might look problematic, they don’t cause any pain and the tooth feels solid. Other cracks may affect the tooth and cause sensitivity, pain and discomfort. Cracks may extend down below the gum line, requiring the tooth to be fully extracted. If you suspect that you have a crack in one or more of your teeth, it’s time to come in for an appointment.
What happens during treatment of a Cracked Tooth?
Depending on the cause of the cracked tooth, treatment will be planned to your specific needs. For teeth that have cracked due to trauma, bruxism and large fillings, a dental crown can be placed over the existing tooth to protect it and retain overall function. For teeth that have cracked below the gum line, a full extraction may be necessary. There isn’t much that can be done for craze line cracks other than placing veneers or dental bonding. An exam and consultation can help in determining the severity of the crack and what can be done for it.
If you think you may have a cracked tooth and are in need of treatment, call our office today and we’ll work to get you in for an appointment.