Cracked Tooth Syndrome Brisbane City

We use light to detect even small fractures

As the name implies, cracked tooth syndrome relates to a variety of symptoms caused by a crack in a tooth.

Teeth are strong and with good home care, regular hygienist visits (professional cleanings) and check-ups with a Brisbane dentist, you’re working to keep them strong! But however diligent you are, you can’t guarantee that accidents won’t happen. And, unfortunately, accidents can lead to fractured teeth.

Fractured teeth are the second leading cause of tooth extraction in adults, with the first being periodontal or gum disease. There are several things that can cause teeth to chip, fracture or break:

  • Large fillings (more than 60% of the tooth)
  • You may inadvertently bite down on something hard, such as an olive seed
  • Accidents such as falling, being hit in the mouth or contact sports
  • Clenching or grinding of the teeth (this is very common)
  • Daily wear and tear
  • Large cavities may lead to ‘more cavity than tooth’ and the resulting thin shell of tooth is vulnerable to cracking and breaking.

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Frequently asked questions

What can cause teeth to chip and crack?

There are a number of factors that can cause teeth to chip and fracture. These include inadvertently biting down on something very hard; having large fillings; accidents such as falling, being hit in the face, and sports injuries; clenching and grinding of the teeth; and general wear and tear. It is also possible for large cavities to cause the thin shell of the tooth to crack and break.

It is not always possible to detect fractures with x-rays, so we make use of a small, high-intensity light to illuminate the teeth. This allows us to see any small fractures before they are visible to the naked eye. If fractures are detected at any early stage, they can generally be repaired without risk of losing the tooth.

Simple crack treatment is performed in most cases of cracked teeth, and involves the removal of the weakened cusp, and the placement of a large filling or crown on the tooth. If more than one cusp is fractured, a crown is generally recommended as it serves to protect the tooth from further damage, and prevents the crack from growing.

In cases where a crack has progressed to the nerve of the tooth or has caused inflammation in the nerve, root canal therapy may be recommended. Once the root canal therapy has been completed, a crown or filling can be placed. Complex cracks can take a long time to treat, and several steps may be required. We will advise you of the procedures best suited to your particular case.

The longer a simple crack is left untreated, the greater the chance that it will develop into a complex crack. In this case, the nerve inside the tooth may die and the tooth may become infected, causing pain and discomfort. In the case of a severe crack, root canal therapy or a tooth extraction may be necessary. In very severe cases, an untreated crack can split the tooth in half, in which case the tooth will need to be removed.

A crown is a specially designed cap that is made to cover the visible part of a damaged tooth. Crowns are secured onto the existing teeth, and are made to look and feel just like a natural tooth.

A Brisbane dentist that puts prevention first

At Bite Dental Studios in Brisbane, procedures for cracked teeth are completed successfully every day. If you live in Brisbane or work in the Brisbane CBD and are experiencing tooth pain, it’s time to make an appointment, whether you think you have a cracked tooth or not.

By taking action immediately and assessing the area that’s causing you discomfort, you can often avoid more serious, potentially painful (and more expensive) issues in the future! For more information on this service and to make Bite Dental your dentist in Brisbane, call us on 07 3221 5399