Cracks in teeth are common and are usually caused by trauma from the way you bite, the position of your teeth or from older, larger fillings. The amount of harm done to a tooth from a crack varies widely from no harm at all to emergency visits to the hospital
It can be hard to predict which cracks will be problematic in the future but here are a few indicators that could mean your crack is on the more harmful side:
- Discolored margin and “lines” coming away from an older filling.
- Location, location, location! The front and back ridges of the lower molars are the most prevalent areas of cracks in teeth.
- Pain or discomfort when biting or chewing.
- Pain or discomfort on “releasing pressure” after biting down.
- Pain or discomfort on hot/cold liquids bur not necessarily solids.
The good news is that there’s almost always a solution. Teeth which have metal fillings in them are notorious for cracking over time. Often, replacing the metalwork with a tooth colored filling can help to “glue” the tooth together and offer better protection from further cracking. If the crack is significant, it’s not uncommon to end up needing a crown – a ceramic shell which sits over the top of the tooth – to seal it and hold everything together.
If this has made your brain do cartwheels, rest assured when you talk to us, we will let you know what all the options are and the best treatment for your tooth depending on your individual case. Remember, no one scenario fits all and that is why getting expert help early can make all the difference!!!
Happy dentisting everyone! If you have any questions about this topic or any others, my staff and I would be more than happy to talk to you about it. Just give us a call at the office – 610-446-4225, or just grab one of us at your next appointment.