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- Feb 09 2017
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What is Cracked Tooth?
A cracked tooth can result from chewing on hard foods, grinding teeth at night and can even occur naturally as you age.
The cracked tooth can be because of:
- Pressure from teeth grinding
- Chewing or biting hard foods
- Blows to the mouth, such as might happen with a car accident or sporting injury
- Age, most teeth cracks occurring in people over 50
Types of cracked teeth
Cracks can appear as:
Craze lines: These are defined as super small cracks in the enamel of teeth. They cause no pain and don’t require any treatment.
Fractured cusp: They generally occurs around a dental filling. It usually doesn’t affect, the pulp of the tooth and as a result, doesn’t cause much pain.
Cracks that extend into the gum line: A tooth that has a vertical crack that extends through gum line, that tooth may need to be extracted.
Split tooth: This is a tooth with a crack that travels from its surface to below the gum line.
Vertical root fracture: This type of crack begins below the gum line and travels upward.3
- Pain while chewing or biting
- Sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweetness
- Pain that comes and goes but is rarely continuous
- Swelling of the gum around the affected tooth
- The doctor will ask about dental history, such as whether you chew a lot of hard foods or grind your teeth.
- Make a visual examination.
- Feel for the crack.
- Use a dental dye, which can make the crack stand out.
The treatment of cracked tooth depends on the size of the crack, location, symptoms, and whether the crack extends into the gum line.
Bonding: In this doctor uses a plastic resin to fill the crack, restoring its location and function.
Crown: It is a prosthetic device usually made of porcelain or ceramic. It fits over the damaged tooth or caps it.
Root canal: It is done when a crack is so extensive into the pulp.
Extraction: When the structure of the tooth, and the nerves and roots that lie below it, are much damaged, removing the tooth maybe your only option.
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