Generally, teeth are quite durable, designed to hold up to daily crunching, biting, and chewing of all kinds of solid foods. Sometimes, however, a one-off incident like a fall or blow to the mouth – or a chronic condition like nighttime teeth grinding – can generate enough force that a tooth becomes cracked or fractured.
People with a history of tooth decay, large dental fillings, and root canal treatment may also be more susceptible to a fracture.1 Want to learn how to avoid a cracked tooth? Read on for some of the most common causes.
Do you think you may already have a cracked tooth? Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
Common causes of a cracked tooth
A cracked tooth can be the result of many possible incidents. In some cases, you may have little idea what caused the fracture, especially if it happens overnight as a result of teeth grinding (bruxism) or if it forms gradually over time. The following are the most common causes of a cracked tooth:
A cracked tooth is something dentists encounter regularly. If diagnosed early, then the problem can usually be solved with a straightforward dental or endodontic procedure. To prevent cracked teeth, be cautious when eating hard foods and chew slowly. If you grind your teeth, ask your dentist about a nighttime mouth guard for protection. If you play contact sports, wear a mouthguard. Take care of your enamel by avoiding sugary soft drinks and highly acidic foods and beverages – the stronger your enamel, the less prone your teeth will be to fractures. Get regular dental check-ups to make sure any potential problems are caught early on.
If you are experiencing pain on biting or chewing or increased sensitivity to temperature, you may have a cracked tooth. Do not ignore it. Make an appointment with your dentist to have the tooth evaluated and avoid further complications.4
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1Cracked Teeth. Retrieved from http://www.columbiaendodontists.com/endodontics-procedures/cracked-teeth.html
2Stein, M. (28 April, 2016). Causes of Brittle and Fragile Teeth: Why Do My Teeth Keep Breaking? Retrieved from http://robertghale.com/2016/04/28/causes-of-brittle-and-fragile-teeth-why-do-my-teeth-keep-breaking/
3Friedman, M. (2018, January 17). Teeth and Aging: How Your Mouth Changes As You Get Older. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/oral-health/teeth-gums-age#1.
4Do you have a cracked tooth? (2003). The Journal of the American Dental Association, 134(4), 531. doi: 10.14219/jada.archive.2003.0205