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What Causes Dental Cracks?


Posted on 5/20/2017 by Kooning Family Dentistry
A diagram of how a dental crown works.
Cracked teeth are a common problem that dentists face today. There are several types of cracks and obviously, some are worse than others. It is a topic that is researched extensively due to its commonality. Research helps to determine the cause, and therefore can formulate preventative measures, and it also helps to determine the best method of treatment for cracked teeth.

Longitudinal studies will follow patients for several years to see how well their treatment has held up. This helps to determine the best treatment method for the type of crack the patient has.

How Do You Get These Cracks?

Dental cracks come in several forms. There are slight cracks to the outside enamel, there are major cracks that are like fissures that split the tooth in two and there are cracks that don't go completely through the tooth. Even the small cracks in the outer enamel can weaken the tooth and must be handled before the problem gets worse.

Studies done on dental cracks show that most of them occur on the molars. The molars, of course, get the most wear and tear and they are the workhorse teeth. They are used to tear apart meat and to break hard foods, like nuts and candy.

Research discovered that there are two major causes of cracked teeth. The first is natural causes. These include your tooth form, your age and your wear patterns. The next cause is iatrogenic. This relates to how teeth are prepared for a restoration.

When teeth are restored with a crown and or a root canal the tooth cavity is cleaned out. If too much is cleaned out, there is not enough structure left and it can predispose the tooth to fracture later on. Contact our office to evaluate your teeth and assess the risk for fractures.



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