What is it?
Is a cracked or chipped tooth affecting your oral hygiene habits? Even if it’s not visibly affecting the appearance of your smile, you ought to prevent this condition from causing more problems in the long-term.
What causes it?
The enamel that covers our teeth is the hardest substance in our body, even harder than bone! It serves to protect the tooth like a helmet. A crack in this ‘helmet’ leaves the tooth vulnerable to bigger issues. Things that can weaken the enamel include cavities, fizzy drinks, tooth grinding and certain medical conditions. Great forces are exerted on the teeth when we bite (up to 200lbs). You should always chew carefully and avoid biting hard things like pens or fruit stones.
Cracked teeth don’t always hurt but getting regular checks will catch any issues before they become bigger problems. Early intervention increases the chance of saving teeth because the longer you wait on a problem, the less options you will have. Depending on the type and severity of a crack, the treatment may range from a small adjustment in the tooth surface, to a filling or a crown.