Enamel is the hardest part of our body.
Still, teeth may crack under a heavy impact like a blow on the face, during contact sports, a fall, biting on something very hard or as a result of clenching or grinding. A decayed tooth can chip off easily under a small chewing force as well.
How to care for a cracked tooth
If you realise that your tooth has cracked, you need to see the dentist as soon as you can.
The treatment options for a cracked tooth depend mainly on the extent of crack. If the tooth has lost just a small amount of enamel, a composite filling can restore the tooth. If a large part of the tooth has fractured off it may need a veneer or a crown to restore it to its original form and function. And if the crack is large and has resulted in a severe, dull throbbing pain, it can be that the tooth may need root canal treatment and a restoration.
How to reduce your risk of cracked teeth
If you grind or clench your teeth at night – we can discuss the possibility of an occlusal splint to decrease the risk of a cracked tooth.
If you have a large amalgam restoration that occupy more than 65% of your tooth, it can be prone to fracture due to the nature of amalgam which doesn’t bond to the tooth structure, and also because their size means that not much natural tooth structure is left.
You can discuss with your dentist how you can prevent these teeth from fracturing. Fracturing can mean nerve involvement and pain, or possible extraction if the fracture line makes it impossible to predictably restore.
If you are concerned about fractures you have seen appearing in your teeth, have large amalgam restoration and you know you grind your teeth, call the friendly team at Dr Ang’s Dental Practice on 9846 2630. Dr Ang can discuss with you the best options and how you can avoid further fractures.