Cracked Teeth

Having cracked teeth can be a frustrating experience.

It can happen while eating or drinking or develop over time. Regardless of how it happens, a cracked tooth can cause discomfort and affect your life. This article will explore the causes, treatment options, and prevention.

Cracked Teeth: Causes

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common cause of cracked teeth. That’s because it can put excessive pressure on your teeth, causing them to crack or fracture.

Hard Objects

Hard objects like ice or candy can also cause cracked teeth. The force of biting down on these objects can be too much for your teeth to handle, leading to chips, cracks or fractures.

Trauma or Injury

Dental trauma happens during accidents, falls, sports injuries, or other trauma to the mouth can also cause cracked teeth. The force of impact can cause a tooth to crack or break.

Wear and Tear

Our teeth become weaker and more prone to cracks and fractures as we age. This is because our teeth naturally change over time due to wear and tear.

People who grind their teeth often do so while sleeping, making it difficult to control or stop the behavior.

Cracks in Teeth & Hairline Fractures

Cracks in teeth may not always be noticeable. Here are some signs and symptoms to look out for:

  • Pain when biting or chewing
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Discomfort when eating or drinking sugary or acidic foods
  • Swelling or inflammation around the affected tooth
  • A visible crack or fracture in the tooth

If you notice these symptoms, see a dentist immediately to prevent further damage.

Treatment for Cracked Teeth

The treatment will depend on the severity and location of the crack. Some treatment options include:

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding may be a suitable treatment option for minor cracks or chips. The treatment involves using a tooth-colored resin to fill in the crack and restore the appearance and function of the tooth.

Dental Crowns

For more severe cracks or fractures, a dental crown may be necessary. This involves placing a custom-made cap over the affected tooth to protect it and restore its appearance and function.

Root Canal

A root canal may be necessary if the crack extends into the tooth’s pulp. The treatment involves removing the damaged pulp and filling the tooth to prevent infection and restore its function.

Tooth Extraction

Sometimes, a tooth may be beyond repair. Tooth extraction is typically a last resort and only recommended if the tooth cannot be saved.

Prevention

As teeth age, they may crack. However, taking specific steps can reduce the risk of broken teeth.

Wear A Mouthguard

While playing sports or participating in activities that could result in a blow to the mouth.

Avoid

Avoid chewing on hard objects.

Visit Your Dentist

Visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings to catch any potential issues early on.

Manage Stress

Managing stress and practicing relaxation techniques to reduce teeth grinding.

Treating Cracked Teeth from Grinding

If you grind your teeth, it is important to address this habit to prevent further damage to your teeth. Some potential treatment options include:

Mouthguard/Night Guard

A night guard is worn during sleep to prevent teeth grinding, while athletes use mouth guards to protect their teeth during games and keep them safe from accidents, especially in contact sports.

Stress Management

Stress can lead to teeth grinding. Managing stress through exercise, meditation, or therapy is essential to prevent this. It will reduce the likelihood of damaged teeth caused by teeth grinding.

Dental Treatments

Sometimes, your dentist may recommend dental treatments, such as orthodontics or dental restorations, to correct any misalignment or bite issues causing teeth grinding.

Timely treatment is crucial to prevent further damage and complications, schedule a consultation today.