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What You Should Know About Cracks, Chips & Fractures

“Should I be worried?”

Have you ever experienced a crack, chip or fracture in your tooth?

It can be a scary moment in time when part of a person’s tooth breaks off. Or maybe, it’s simply a matter of noticing something different in the mirror – like a line that runs down the tooth, suggesting it may break in half at any moment!

With that said, our Milton dentist wants to break down the different types of tooth cracks that can occur, so you can know whether to be concerned or not about yours.

When not to be concerned:

If you see multiple tiny, tiny faint lines running vertically just on the surfaces of a tooth/teeth when you look at your smile in a well-lit area, these are most likely just craze lines… and nothing to worry about! Craze lines are tiny hairline cracks that are only present in the surface enamel. They cause NO pain and are very common in adults, as they occur over time with regular chewing, or could result from a teeth grinding habit.

When to be concerned:

You should be concerned if a portion of your tooth breaks off, especially if this exposes the layer beneath the enamel (the dentin). Luckily, some chips are so small that they’re harmless, and only require a bonding treatment or small restorative dental treatment to fix.

However, more extensive chips or fractures should definitely be brought to the attention of a professional immediately, as they may extend into the dentin or worse, the pulp (root) of the tooth, causing irreversible damage. If the tooth’s pulp becomes infected or dies, then root canal therapy (or in the worst case, extraction) will be the only means of treatment. Large dental fractures can be caused by trauma or injury, or may even be caused by a large filling where decay once was.

Well, there you have it! We hope your smile experiences no harmful cracks, chips or fractures… and if it does, don’t wait to make an appointment with the dentist.

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