At Museum Dental Suites we see a lot of people who are asking for advice on cracked teeth. So we thought we would start with the basics. Whether it is worn teeth caused by grinding or cracked teeth, we offer mouth reconstruction with the use of minimally invasive bonding techniques using composite resin.
A tooth is described to have cracked when there is a crack that runs from the biting surface down in the direction of the root of the tooth.
A craze line is a small crack that is affecting the outer enamel of a tooth only. These flaws are very common in adult teeth and will not usually cause any pain or need any treatment.
The cusp is the pointed part of the biting surface of a tooth. If it becomes damaged there is the danger that the tooth might break. Often a sharp pain when you bite down is an indication that a cusp may be cracked.
A split tooth can often be the result of an untreated cracked tooth. In a split tooth the tooth will break into two halves. In a vertical root fracture, a crack starts in the root and then travels up towards the bite surface.
There are several different reasons that a tooth might crack.
How will I know if I have a cracked tooth?
It can be difficult to spot a cracked tooth and symptoms do vary. You might get occasional pain when chewing especially when you are releasing your bite.
It is always best to get a cracked tooth treated as soon as possible. Left untreated the nerve in the tooth might die or an abscess form. You may need root canal treatment or lose the tooth. If a tooth is split in two it will have to be taken out.
A tooth, unlike a bone, will never heal completely. Most cracked teeth can work normally for years if you do not delay treatment. Take care when playing sport and avoid biting hard objects.
The cost will vary depending on what treatment you need for your cracked teeth but prices will be 300-380 per tooth.
At Museum Dental we offer high-end options from dentists at the forefront of education who train other dentists in advanced cosmetic dental work. You will find them expert, trustworthy and gentle and they will always give you a definitive treatment plan and cost estimate before any work is carried out.