A cracked tooth is a common condition and one of the leading reasons many people lose their teeth. The cracks may appear as craze lines (vertical hairline cracks on tooth enamel), fractured cusp (cracks typically seen at the back of the tooth), split tooth (a crack that travels from the surface of the tooth to below the gum line), and more.
Although cracked teeth that have extended into the pulp can be treated through dental restoration procedures, those that have gone beyond the gum line can no longer be saved and need to be extracted. That being said, anyone will surely want to avoid having cracked teeth. One way of doing so is by knowing what causes them in the first place to prevent them from happening. Here are some of them:
Teeth Grinding and Clenching
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no surprise that many people suffer from different conditions like stress and anxiety. These problems can lead to clenching and grinding of the teeth at night, which in turn causes cracks.
Chewing Hard Foods
Beyond taste, some people like to chew on hard foods because of the sensation of doing so. But the habit is likely to cause a cracked tooth in the long run. Getting rid of it takes some getting used to, but that will really help take better care of your teeth.
Trauma or Injury
A cracked tooth may result from a fall, a blow in the face, a fistfight, a car accident, or any other causes of trauma. Teeth that have suffered previous injuries and have untreated decay are also prone to cracking.
Sudden Changes in Temperature in the Mouth
What would you do if you burn your mouth while eating or drinking something hot like coffee or tea? Some people say that they’d immediately drink a cup of cold water to ease the pain. If you have the same answer, you may want to reconsider. The abrupt change in temperature in the mouth can cause stress in the tooth structure. As a result, it may crack.
Poor oral hygiene leads to a damaged or thin enamel, making the teeth vulnerable to cracking. So, you should brush and floss your teeth every day and visit your dentist regularly.
Reach Out to Us!
If you have cracked teeth, get in touch with Pillar Dental right away. Our one appointment crowns service might just be perfect for you.
We use CEREC by Sirona Dental Systems for dental restoration. Through this technology, you can expect your cracked teeth to be fixed or restored in just a single visit. Call us now to book an appointment!