Cracked Teeth – What Happens Next?

Almost invisible cracks can appear in our teeth, causing discomfort and potentially further damage.

Some cracks that appear in our teeth are visible, but this is not always the case. Although we might be tempted to ignore even the more visible cracks, except for when they lead to obvious damage such as breakage, this is inadvisable.

Cracks in the teeth, however,  do not always appear so obviously to the naked eye, and some may be so small that, even upon close inspection, they can be difficult to detect.

Whilst you may not be able to see these cracks, you may well notice their effects. If you notice a change in any of your teeth, whether in their appearance or the way that they feel, it is advisable to see one of our Clapham dentists as soon as possible to get them checked out.

Minor crack issues

Although aesthetics may not be an issue when you suffer from a tiny crack in a tooth, you may experience some additional sensitivity, especially when eating or drinking hot or cold products. Some discomfort may also be felt when eating and you should have this checked as soon as you can. Whilst sensitivity can be caused by other problems such as enamel erosion, all dental issues that cause unwanted results should be investigated.

It is also worth remembering that even the tiniest of cracks can still allow bacteria to enter the inner part of the tooth. Not only may this worsen the crack but can also lead to the start of tooth decay, and, if not treated, quite possibly root canal infections too, requiring surgical intervention to save the tooth.

Our teeth can crack for many reasons, including

  • A blow to the teeth
  • Damage caused when eating hard foods or a hard stray ‘rogue object’ that has found its way into the food
  • Teeth grinding
  • Failed root canal treatment
  • A large filling that has caused a tooth to weaken

Restoration of a cracked tooth

When a problem with your teeth has been detected, it is necessary to restore the tooth in question. Leaving a tooth that has received minor damage is not really a long term option. Even the smallest of cracks will almost certainly get bigger, creating a knock on effect of problems that may require more significant treatment.

There are a number of options to treat a cracked tooth that we have available at the Confidental Clinic. The use of these will depend both on the extent of any damage as well as its location. In some instances, the use of cosmetic bonding may be sufficient to seal the crack but more significant cracks may require either a crown or a porcelain veneer fitted to protect the tooth.

If you notice a visible crack appearing in a tooth, or start to experience a heightened sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold food or drinks, please don’t wait until your next general dental check up at our Clapham practice, especially if it is months away. Instead, please call the Confidental Clinic on 020 7801 9060 to arrange to see a dentist to have the problem investigated.