Cracks / fractures in teeth

Over a lifetime, our teeth work hard for us, slicing, grinding and pulverising our food. Over time, this force gradually wears away our teeth, but in the shorter term it can be destructive and cause internal damage. This can be exacerbated by day and night grinding as well as by the type of foods we eat. Foods that require extra forces to break are more likely to wear or stress our teeth. Habits like ice cracking are particularly dangerous. These forces can cause bits of teeth to suddenly fall away as we are eating, requiring restoration of the area.

Internal fractures are of more concern as they can cause vague symptoms that are often hard for us to localise. They are sometimes only detected when symptoms arise which helps us to localise the crack, and definitive treatment can then commence. Bands can be cemented around a tooth to help reduce tooth flexion, as well as adjustment of the tooth to reduce the load it takes. Sometimes endodontic treatment is necessary if symptoms become constant and severe, or in the worst case scenario a tooth may require removal.

Use of crowns to hold teeth together is suggested if many teeth are heavily restored, and there is a history of tooth fracture.

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