What to do if you have a Cracked Tooth

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What to do if you have a Cracked Tooth

Did you know that cracked teeth are quite common? Chips and breaks are also fairly common.

Did you know that cracked teeth are quite common? Chips and breaks are also fairly common.

Why do teeth crack?

There are many reasons a tooth may chip, break or crack:

  • Teeth can crack from wear over time and with age and the enamel may thin. Tooth grinding or clenching can damage teeth and lead to problems.
  • Ceramic crowns can be quite hard on opposing teeth and can cause a problem.
  • Sometimes chewing or biting too hard, or biting into something hard can cause a break or crack.
  • Large fillings can weaken the tooth structure and lead to cracks.
  • These reasons, along with falls, sports injuries or other types of impact, can cause or contribute to a crack.

Poor oral care can make teeth more susceptible to cracking. This is another reason to try to keep those dental checkups regular.

What is the treatment for a cracked tooth?

When a tooth has a crack, the first option is a dental crown. This can fix the problem, but if the problem is deeper into the tooth dentin, then a root canal may be needed.

With these two options, in most cases, the tooth will be saved. In some more challenging cases, however, tooth removal may be necessary. If so, a tooth implant can be a good option.

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