Understanding Cracked and Chipped Teeth: A Guide for Prospective Patients

March 25, 2024

Learn more about dental enamel, the protective outer layer of our teeth, and how it can become damaged by erosion, decay, or a traumatic injury. Unlike bones in the body, dental enamel does not have the ability to repair itself after being damaged.

Common Types of Damage to Teeth

Dental damage can range from minor chips and cracks to severe fractures. At the office of Crown Dental Group, we provide expert care for chipped, cracked, and fractured teeth. Our team is equipped to handle a variety of dental emergencies and can help you repair or replace damaged teeth.

Treating Minor Dental Damage

When it comes to treating minor chips or cracks in the teeth, known as craze lines, urgent care is often not necessary. However, these issues can become more serious if left untreated. Depending on the extent of the damage, treatments may include dental bonding, fillings, or crowns.

Treating More Severe Dental Damage

Severe fractures can expose the tooth's vital tissue and require a root canal procedure. Fractures involving the tooth root may result in the need for extraction.

Classifying Cracked and Fractured Teeth

There are several categories of cracked and fractured teeth:

  • Craze Lines. These minor cracks are common in adults and usually require no treatment. However, they can become more serious if left untreated.
  • Fractured Cusp. Breaking part of the chewing surface or cusp of a tooth can cause discomfort and may require a full coverage crown. If the fracture affects the tooth's nerve, a root canal procedure may be necessary.
  • Cracked Tooth. A crack that extends from the chewing surface toward the root of the tooth can result in damage to the tooth's nerve. If left untreated, this type of fracture can lead to losing your tooth.
  • Split Tooth. In a split tooth, the crack divides the tooth into two segments, and treatment options will depend on the position and extent of the crack.
  • Vertical Root Fracture. This fracture begins in the root of the tooth and extends up toward the chewing surface. Most teeth with a vertical root fracture will require extraction.

Caring for Your Damaged Teeth

If you chip, crack, or fracture your tooth, contact our office right away for timely evaluation and care. Our dedicated staff is ready to help you maintain a healthy smile.

Whether you have a minor chip or a more severe fracture, the team at Crown Dental Group can provide you with the expert dental care you need to repair or replace damaged teeth. Don't hesitate to reach out for help.