Cracked Teeth

Advice on Cracked Teeth

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.

What is a cracked tooth?

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.

What is a craze line?

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.

What is a cracked cusp?

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.

What is a Split tooth?

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.

What causes a tooth to crack?

There are several different reasons that a tooth might crack.

  • Tooth grinding, leading to pressure on the teeth.
  • A tooth with a large filling.
  • Biting down on something very hard like a boiled sweet, the stone of a fruit or opening a bottle with the teeth.
  • A trauma to the lower jaw or the chin.
  • Bone loss from gum disease can make teeth more vulnerable to a root fracture.
  • Sudden changes in temperature in the mouth can cause cracks.

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.

Will treatment be needed?

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.

What is the treatment for a cracked tooth?

Treatments include:

  • Bonding: Plastic resin is used to fill the crack in the tooth and can also restore the tooth’s shape.
  • Cosmetic contouring: Rough tooth edges are smoothed and polished to blend out the crack.
  • Veneers: need the least amount of tooth to be removed and last a long time.
  • Crowns: are used when a veneer is not possible.

Will my cracked tooth heal completely after treatment?

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.

How much will treatment be?

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.

 

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