Did you know that diamonds, despite being the hardest substance on Earth, can be cracked by rocks, steel, ceramic, or almost anything hard?
That’s right—being hard means diamonds can’t be scratched, but they can still crack open if they’re hit just right.
Your teeth are similar. The outer surface of your teeth, the enamel, is the hardest substance in your entire body, but it can still be cracked. Grinding your teeth can weaken them, which means biting down on something hard can be all it takes for them to crack.
When you crack a tooth, you should see a dentist right away. Dr. Zenon will be able to diagnose the crack and explore the extent of the damage. This is important because there are different kinds of cracks, all of which have varying levels of severity.
Types of Cracked Teeth
Craze Lines—These are small, cosmetic cracks in the outer enamel of your teeth. They are not usually painful and do not require treatment.
Fracture—A fractured cusp is usually a minor crack, or it could possibly mean that a small piece of your tooth has broken off. If the fracture is in the root, it is called a Vertical Root Fracture. These sometimes require the tooth to be pulled, as the tissues around the fracture can become infected otherwise.
Split—When a crack deepens and widens until there are two distinct segments of the tooth, endodontic treatment is typically required to preserve as much of the natural tooth as possible.
Whenever treatment is required, Dr. Zenon at Gateway Park Dental employs biomimetic dental techniques to try to preserve the natural tooth and its normal function as much as possible.
If you have questions or concerns about cracked teeth, contact our Aurora office at (303) 307-8282.