Jaw clenching, grinding and crunching hard objects can damage your tooth enamel and can cause the tooth to crack or chip. If your tooth has suffered a crack or chip you may experience pain while eating and temperature sensitivity.
A chipped or cracked tooth should not be put off.
Taking swift action can make a difference in your ability to save your tooth.
Did you know there are actually 5 types of chipped or cracked teeth?
- Craze lines. These are tiny cracks that only affect the outer enamel. Craze lines are common for adults. They are shallow, cause no pain, and are of no concern beyond the way they look.
- Fractured cusp. When a piece of a tooth chewing surface breaks off, it’s called a fractured cusp. It usually doesn’t cause much pain.
- Cracked tooth. A cracked tooth means a crack extends from the chewing surface vertically toward the root. Early diagnosis is important in this case to save the tooth. A cracked tooth left untreated will get worse as time goes by and can result in a loss of the tooth. Early treatment is essential in saving cracked teeth.
- Split tooth. A split tooth is usually the result of a long-term cracked tooth. It is identified by a crack with distinct segments that can be separated. A split tooth cannot be saved intact.
- Vertical root fracture. These cracks begin in the root of the tooth and extend toward the chewing surface. Often, they show minimal signs and symptoms. Many times, they are discovered when the surrounding bone and gum become infected.