As you age, your teeth can start to have superficial lines or cracks. These are known as “craze lines” and typically don't require treatment. However, a crack that penetrates to the layer below the enamel (aka dentin) will require one or more types of restoration. The good news is that you have options when it comes to restoring a cracked tooth.
Common Treatments for a Cracked Tooth
Depending on the severity of the crack, we will recommend one or more of the following dental restorations.
A crown is an effective treatment for a cracked tooth, especially a cracked molar. For this restoration, we cover, or “cap”, your entire tooth with a durable material, such as a composite resin. If your tooth has decay, however, we'll recommend either a filling or root canal to remove infected tissue prior to capping the tooth.
Veneers are a great solution for minor cracks in the front row of teeth, if they haven't led to decay. They are thin strips of porcelain that adhere to the outer enamel to mask cracks or other imperfections. Veneers are typically not a good choice for back teeth that receive more biting forces.
Extraction and Implant
When a crack causes so much damage that the tooth can't be saved, our recommendation will be to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant. Dental implants are the man-made equivalent of tooth roots that bond with your jawbone. Their purpose is to serve as a sturdy base for artificial teeth, or crowns.
These are the most common treatments that we recommend for a cracked tooth. In certain cases, however, we may suggest dental bonding or sealants as a way to protect a cracked tooth from decay and further damage. If you damage your tooth structure in any way, never hesitate to give us a call immediately. We always want to determine the best treatment solution as soon as possible.
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