Cracked Teeth Specialist

Cracked Teeth

Whether a crack develops gradually over time or stems from traumatic injury, cracked teeth are a serious endodontic concern. For those in and around San Jose, California, help is available through the care of Jeffrey D. Krupp, DDS, MS, at his highly regarded dental practice. If you or a loved one experiences a cracked tooth, call Jeffrey D. Krupp, DDS, right away to set up a visit, or book online in just moments.   

What is a cracked tooth?

There are several different types of cracks that can develop in your tooth tissue. Understanding the differences can help you know when to seek treatment. 

Craze lines

These are surface-level micro-fractures that develop within the enamel layer of your teeth. They don’t extend into the dentin or deeper layers of tooth tissue and are usually harmless. Treatment is usually done to improve the aesthetics of the tooth, not to restore structural integrity. 

Fractured cusp

Not truly a crack, this is a broken-off piece of tooth that begins on the chewing surface and extends toward the gum line. Sometimes a portion of tooth tissue will fall off at the time of the break, and other times it needs to be removed in the office.

Cracked tooth

This occurs when a crack develops in the visible portion of your tooth and possibly extends into the portion of tooth tissue covered by your gums. If the pulp is damaged, a root canal may be needed. 

Split tooth

When a crack extends through the crown and the root, two distinct sections of tooth tissue are created. This type of crack cannot be repaired, but treatment may be able to save the healthy portion of remaining tissue. 

Vertical root fracture

This type of crack begins in the root and extends toward the crown portion of the tooth. If the crack does not present symptoms and continues to worsen, treatment is challenging. 

Most cracks can be detected either during a visual examination or through imaging. This is why routine dental exams are such an essential part of overall dental health.     

What causes cracked teeth?

Numerous things can cause or contribute to cracked teeth. Some of the conditions and circumstances that can lead to cracks in your tooth tissue include:

  • Nighttime teeth grinding
  • Chewing ice, hard candy, or other hard foods
  • Traumatic injury
  • Sports injury
  • Abrupt temperature changes within your mouth, like following a hot drink with a mouthful of ice
  • Large fillings that weaken the structure of a tooth

Your risk of cracked teeth increases as you age, with most cases occurring in people over the age of 50. 

What are some treatment options for cracked teeth?

Your endodontic specialist begins by performing a comprehensive diagnostic exam to determine the precise location and extent of the crack. 

When a crack extends into the root portion of your tooth, a root canal is often needed to address infection. An alternative approach called GentleWaveⓇ Ultracleaning uses acoustic energy and disinfecting fluids to remove bacteria and debris from the interior chamber of your tooth. 

Crowns are a great way to protect a cracked tooth and preserve as much healthy tooth tissue as possible. A crown covers all visible portions of a cracked tooth, providing structural support and protection. 

Bonding is also an option that works by filling a crack with a special tooth-colored dental material to create a uniform appearance. In cases where a tooth is cracked beyond repair, extraction may be the only available option. 

To learn more about treatment options for cracked teeth, call the office today or schedule online in just moments.

Jeffrey D. Krupp, D.D.S., M.S.
✆ Phone (appointments): 408-610-1600
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 408-371-1444
Address: 3994 S. Bascom Ave, Suite 5, San Jose, CA 95124