Cracked Teeth - Causes, Costs and Cures

Cracked Teeth - Causes, Costs and Cures

Posted by ANTHONY CORBO DDS on Jul 12 2022, 01:01 AM

Cracks in teeth are a common dental condition, most often caused by chewing on hard foods or ice, grinding teeth, or biting your nails. When a tooth becomes cracked, the enamel, dentin, and pulp can be exposed. This can cause tooth sensitivity, pain, or discomfort. Additionally, if bacteria are able to reach the pulp, a root canal may be needed to clean out the tooth.

What Causes A Dental Crack?

Eating habits such as chewing ice, biting fingernails, or chewing on hard objects are common causes of dental cracks. Foods like hard candy, raw carrots, and popcorn can also cause a dental crack. Teeth grinding and clenching habits cause pressure and tension on your teeth, which can cause a crack. Trauma can also cause a crack in your teeth when a tooth is knocked loose.

Types of Cracks

  • Craze lines

Craze lines are tiny cracks that go through the enamel and into the dentin, but not all the way through the dentin. These cracks can be barely visible to the naked eye, but a dentist can detect them during an exam. If left untreated, these thin cracks can widen and allow bacteria to move in and create cavities.

  • Enamel cracks

Enamel cracks are a type of dental crack that most commonly occurs from biting down on something very hard, such as ice or nuts. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body. However, it is not invincible and can also be cracked. When enamel cracks, the affected part of the tooth needs to be repaired.

  • Pits

Pits are one of the most common types of cracks. They typically result from a cavity, which has led to an infection. 

  • Fractured cusps

Cusps are a type of fracture that begins on a cusp. These fractures are common on molars. They usually require endodontic treatment to fix the damage.

  • Fractures

Dental fractures are a common dental issue, especially given the fact that teeth are so vulnerable. They are caused by trauma, biting on hard objects, grinding and clenching, or weakening of the tooth structure.

  • Split tooth syndrome

Split tooth syndrome occurs when the protective layer of your tooth (enamel) is fractured. This can occur from trauma or from grinding your teeth. Your teeth might feel more sensitive, and you may notice that your enamel is thinner in some areas.

Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth

Symptoms of a cracked tooth may include:

  • Unexplained pain while chewing food.
  • Tooth sensitivity.
  • Pain with no apparent cause.
  • Difficulty identifying the location of the pain.

How Is A Dental Crack Diagnosed?

If you suspect that one of your teeth has a crack, we recommend scheduling a dental visit. During a dental exam, we will be able to examine your teeth and diagnose any cracks that may be present.

How Is A Dental Crack Treated?

A dental crack is a crack in the tooth that can be seen with the naked eye. These cracks can be the result of a number of situations, including biting down on hard food, trauma to the face, grinding one’s teeth, and teeth that are not properly aligned. A dental crack can be painful, but the good news is that it can be treated.

The treatment for a dental crack will depend on the severity of the crack. For minor cracks, a simple dental filling may be all that is needed. For larger cracks, a dental crown may be recommended. This cap fits over your tooth and restores its strength and appearance. A dental crown also protects your teeth from further damage.

Schedule an appointment with Anthony G Corbo, DDS, to learn more about treatment for dental cracks. Head over to 13101 Old Sheridan St, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33330. Contact us at (954)434-2234 or visit our website to book an appointment.  

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