Cracked Teeth

Signs & Symptoms

The main symptoms are pain and sensitivity in the teeth.

What are the causes of cracked teeth?

There are many causes of cracked teeth including:

  • Grinding the teeth
  • Impact from an accident
  • Aging – cracked teeth are much more common over the age of 50
  • Teeth with large fillings
  • Teeth that have had root canal treatment

Diagnosis

Cracks in the teeth can be difficult to detect as they may not be visible to the eye or the crack may be under the gum line. A full oral examination and x-rays are the most effective in the detection of cracks. If you have been experiencing tooth pain and think you may have cracked teeth, get in touch today for an appointment.

How to Prevent cracked teeth

It’s not possible to completely prevent cracked teeth, however you can take some basic measures to minimise the risk.

  • Don’t chew on hard, solid objects such as popcorn kernels or pens.
  • Don’t grind your teeth. If you grind your teeth while you’re sleeping, talk to your dentist about getting a retainer or special night guard to protect your teeth from wear.
  • Wear a custom-fit mouth guard when playing contact sports.

What are the Treatment Options?

The best treatment option for you will depend on the severity of the crack. Treatment may include bonding, fitting a crown or in severe cases extraction.

Call us on 020 3355 8505 to book an appointment with one of our expert dentists.