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Dental Crack Diagnosis: When to Worry About a Chipped or Fractured Tooth

Our Don Mills Endodontist has the facts on cracks

When someone experiences or notices a crack or chip in their tooth, they might feel instantly terrified and begin to pray that their tooth isn’t a lost cause.

While any type of damage or trauma to a tooth should certainly be looked at by a professional, oftentimes, a crack may not be much of a threat to the tooth’s health. But on the other hand… a chip or fracture in the tooth might be severe enough to necessitate further intervention by our Don Mills endodontist.

Some dental cracks may not be so obvious, so if ever you experience symptoms such as irregular pain with chewing, pain with temperature change in a localized area, or a jagged or sharp edge that you can feel with your tongue… get to a professional.

With that said, there are different types of cracks or chips that will require different treatments… or none at all!

These include:

Craze lines: Don’t panic

These are the tiniest cracks of all. These hairline cracks are usually nothing to worry about, as they are a part of the enamel layer and often stay the same size. Craze lines are very common, especially in adults, and can form as a result of normal daily chewing or due to a grinding/clenching habit.

Small chips: You may want to have that addressed

Although it’s recommended to let your dental practitioner know about dental chips of any size, tiny chips are often no big deal… but they can be a cosmetic concern. Fortunately, this can easily be fixed with a visit to a general or cosmetic dentist through a bonding treatment, or with porcelain veneers.

Cracks or chips that extend into the dentin or pulp: See a professional

A more extensive crack or chip that extends further into the tooth is certainly a cause for concern.

These deeper cracks typically form as a result of hard trauma or injury to the tooth, or can be caused by a large filling. In rare cases, craze lines will expand to the point where they turn into a crack that requires intervention. Root canal (endodontic) therapy at Endodontics on Don Mills is required in many cases where a crack extends into the pulp, damaging it beyond the point of return.

While we don’t wish any cracks or chips on your teeth in the future, remember the warning signs and never shrug off an accident if you assume it too small to be anything bad.

Dental concerns? Endodontics on Don Mills is here to help!

Don’t hesitate to schedule a visit with our expert endodontist Dr. Farzad Danesh if you have any tooth concerns - from questionable cracks to persistent pain or any physical symptoms.