Do Cracks in My Teeth Need Treatment?

If you have a broken tooth or a chipped tooth, you will know about it. You could have pain when you chew, you could experience sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or you could have swelling near the gum depending on where the tooth is broken.

Whatever the symptom, you will know your tooth is broken. You will probably see it. But what if your tooth is cracked? Will you suffer symptoms that will alert you and does it have to be fixed?

First, you should know that there are several ways your teeth can crack. A cracked tooth starts at the biting surface and travels down towards the root. A cracked cusp happens on the pointed part of your tooth’s biting surface. You can get a split tooth, which typically is the result of not treating a cracked tooth. In this case, the tooth splits into two parts. Lastly, you have craze lines. These are tiny cracks that only affect the outer portion of your tooth’s enamel. The treatment depends on the type of crack.

What Do I Do if I Have One?

If you think you might have a cracked tooth the first thing you should do is make an appointment with us. We will carefully examine your teeth to determine if you have a crack, what type it is, and what treatment is needed if any. The reason we said we’d carefully examine your teeth is that cracks don’t always show up on x-rays.

Not all of the types of cracked teeth need treatment, but it is important to catch them early. If you have a small crack, we may be able to fill the crack with a bonding material. If it is chipped, and the chip is small, we may be able to smooth the rough edges and polish them to blend away the crack. Veneers and crowns are used when bonding can’t fix it.

The good news is that if you have craze lines you don’t need treatment at all. Craze lines are common in all adult teeth. They don’t interfere with eating and don’t allow bacteria to be introduced into the inner layers of your tooth. Make an appointment if you think your tooth is cracked and let us have a look.