Do you have a cracked tooth? Something that looks like a crack but you don’t think it’s more than a superficial issue? Maybe it’s somewhere in between. When you notice any type of fracture, fissure, or split in your tooth, your number one priority should be contacting us to schedule a dental visit for any required restorative care. In the meantime, we know you may feel frantic as you wonder what type of treatment your particular type of damage may require. While each issue is unique, we can help give you a general overview.

If It’s A Craze Line

What’s a craze line, you wonder? It’s a cosmetic crack, which means that it is a fracture. However, it’s a very minor one that only affects the way your smile looks, not its health. You’ll find it in your enamel (the outer layer of your tooth) if you glance at your tooth just right or if the line has discolored. Cosmetic care can hide the imperfection (though this is not necessary unless you are unhappy with the look of your tooth).

If It’s A Minor To Moderate Fracture

When a crack has affected your tooth but it does not extend beneath your gumline, this is most certainly a crack but not one we would refer to as deep. However, you require immediate restorative care because your tooth may break or become infected at any time. Generally speaking, you will require a dental crown (though a tooth at high risk of infection or with damaged pulp may also require a root canal).

If It’s A Deep Crack

Deep cracks that extend beneath your gumline are serious. Repairing the damage is often not possible even with advanced restorative care. A cracked tooth and roots are consistently open to bacterial invasion. As a result, severe cracks tend to require a dental extraction to protect your oral health.

Fix Your Tooth Crack To Avoid Complications

Keep cracked teeth from leading to severe complications by contacting us the moment you notice one. If you need to schedule a dental visit in Brighton, MA, do so by calling Brighton Family Dental Group at (617) 562-5210. We proudly welcome patients from Brighton, Watertown, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and all surrounding communities.