Cracked Teeth

Teeth may crack for many reasons, such as chewing on ice, clenching or grinding, or older large fillings. Cracked teeth can be sensitive to cold, heat, or sweets. Sometimes cracked teeth do not present with any symptoms or pain. The dentist can diagnose a cracked tooth through a clinical examination and x-rays.
Treatment of a cracked tooth depends on the size and location of the damage. Sometimes no treatment is necessary and the doctor will place a “watch” on that tooth. If the crack is deeper, a filling or crown may be required. If a cracked tooth is not repaired, it can lead to a nerve pulp infection, which may require a root canal and crown to save the tooth. In severe cases, the tooth may need to be removed.

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