From falling on concrete to chewing ice or hard candy, realizing you have
cracked your teeth can be a frightening experience. However with proper
the dental procedures, your porcelain smile can be repaired. Below, we
talk about dental procedures that are commonly used to repair cracked
and broken teeth.
Why Do Teeth Crack & Break?
The enamel on our teeth is the strongest tissue in our bodies, but it can
still be broken or cracked in many different ways. Activities like contact
sports or even chewing on a pen can result in a broken or cracked tooth.
Traumatic falls, crashes, or blows can also cause one’s teeth to
The American Dental Association, says the following are the top 9 foods
that damage teeth:
- Hard Candies
- Dried Fruit
- Potato Chips
- Sports Drinks
Common types of cracked or broken teeth include:
Craze Lines: Small cracks that only affect the outer enamel
Fractured Cusp: A piece of the tooth’s chewing surface snaps off
Split Tooth: A crack with distinct segments that can be pulled apart
Vertical Root Fracture: Cracks that start at the root of the tooth and extend towards the chewing surface
Composite bonding can be used to fix chipped, cracked, decayed, discolored,
misshapen, and gapped teeth. Anesthesia usually isn’t needed for
this procedure, unless it is being used to fix cavities. During the procedure
putty is applied and molded to the tooth. An ultraviolet light is then
used to harden the composite. After the drying process, the tooth is shaped
and polished to match the others.
A veneer is a cover for your tooth. Veneers are bonded to the front of
the damaged tooth to make it appear normal. Veneers can be put on multiple
teeth, but aren’t the best option for people who grind their teeth.
A crown covers the damaged tooth and protects it, while improving its appearance.
Having a crown put on your damaged tooth will prevent the need to have
it removed. With a crown, you will be able to withstand the pressure of
chewing your food.
If the crack in your tooth goes below your gum line, or if your tooth is
no longer treatable, you will likely need a tooth extraction. After your
tooth is removed you can have a dental implant put in to replace your
lost tooth. These implants are surgically put into your jawbone and will
act as the new root of your tooth.
Dental procedures can be quite expensive, which is why having the right
dental plan is so important. The Atlanta insurance administrators at Insurance
Specialists, Inc. can help you find a dental insurance plan
that fits your particular needs. Call (888) 451-0883, to speak with one
of our professionals today.