Most days at the office, I feel a little like a broken record, (old guy reference), repeating myself on the same topics. A patient might hear my spiel once, but my staff and I hear my words over and over again. Since the topic of what to do with a cracked tooth comes up so often, I thought it might be nice to share a bit of what I know.
Teeth sometimes crack. Of all the patients I see, I find more cracks that people don’t know are there, than ones that patients find out about the hard way and bring to me. Cracks are seldom an “all at once” event, but rather are progressive, starting out as barely perceivable and ending up with someone noticing. If you’re a lucky soul, it’s your dentist discovering such a crack, because when no one notices a problem until the patient is feeling bite pain, everything gets more complicated. Making an attempt to find cracks before they have symptoms is yet one more great reason to see your favorite dentist.
The less you know about cracks from personal experience, the better! If you’d like to know about everything I know about cracks, how they express themselves, and what to do if you have one, see our dental procedure page at SVDG.