What Causes a Cracked Tooth?

A crack in your tooth can damage your tooth right down to the root and cause pain, sensitivity, and even gum swelling.

Cracks can be caused by many things, so it's important to know what you could be doing to cause damage and steps to avoid further damage.

In this week’s blog, we tackle everything you need to know about cracked teeth and what our team at Parkland Mall Dental Centre in Red Deer can do for you!


Common Causes

Cracked teeth can be created over time due to normal wear and tear. As we age, our enamel becomes more susceptible to damage, meaning cracks may become more prevalent. Clenching, teeth grinding, and chewing hard substances (including hard candies, chewing on pencils, or biting nails) can cause teeth to crack. Injuries sustained from an accident can result in cracked teeth. Additionally, thermal stress (extremes in temperature of foods and drinks) can also cause cracks, so avoid exposing your teeth to sudden temperature changes.


Preventing Cracked Teeth

The best way to prevent cracked teeth is to pay attention to your habits. If you grind your teeth while you sleep or play contact sports, consider getting a mouthguard. Try to avoid hard, crunchy, and sugary foods and keep up with a regular oral hygiene plan to ensure that your teeth remain strong.

Cracks in teeth can often go unnoticed, meaning that over time, they will become worse. Schedule regular dental cleanings and exams so a professional can check for any soft spots or cracks that are hard to notice. Then you'll be able to take the proper preventative measures and explore solutions with your dentist if you need them before the damage becomes painful or requires a more serious intervention.


Fixing a Cracked Tooth

Craze lines are superficial cracks in the enamel of your teeth that may require no treatment aside from making sure the affected area doesn't get worse.
If the crack in your tooth is deeper or causing you pain, consider speaking with your dentist about treatment options including dental crowns or bonding. These cosmetic dentistry practices can hold a cracked tooth together and reinforce the tooth, helping prevent further harm.

If the crack has reached the dental pulp, then your dentist may recommend that a root canal or a tooth extraction is necessary.


Prevention is Key! Speak With Your Dentist in Red Deer Today!

Whether you need a dental exam, treatment to fix a cracked tooth or are interested in cosmetic services to restore confidence in your beautiful smile, don’t hesitate to reach out to your friendly local Red Deer dental clinic at Parkland Mall Dental Centre.

Contact us today to schedule your next visit!