Cracked or Chipped Teeth Can Affect Your Oral Health

Chipped and cracked teeth are common among patients and have the potential to impact oral health if left untreated.

Unfortunately, many cracked or chipped teeth can remain asymptomatic, meaning they will not cause symptoms until the problem has progressed [1]. This makes keeping your regular dental appointments essential, as your dentist can identify any damage to your teeth before it has the potential to compromise your oral health.

So how exactly can chipped and cracked teeth impact your dental health?

Chipped Teeth Can Turn Into Fractures

Although a chipped tooth may not seem like a big deal, it has the potential to turn into a fracture. Your teeth are made to bite and chew and can therefore withstand a certain amount of pressure.

When continuously biting and chewing on a chipped tooth, the chip can extend into a fracture. The risk of a chip turning into a fracture increases if you clench or grind your teeth. Once the tooth is fractured, the crack can either extend down the tooth or horizontally, increasing the chances that your tooth would break off and require a dental crown, root canal therapy, or other treatment to fix [2].

Fractured Teeth Can Lead to a Tooth Infection

A broken tooth has the potential to lead to a tooth infection and abscess, especially if the fracture is deep and has extended down to the pulp of the tooth, where nerves and blood vessels are.

Some people may not experience symptoms of a cracked tooth until it has led to a tooth infection. If this is the case, patients will typically have pain, swelling, or tooth sensitivity on the affected tooth [3].

Once a broken tooth has sustained an infection, only root canal therapy or a tooth extraction can solve the problem. Waiting until a cracked tooth leads to an infection can limit your treatment options, so don’t wait to seek treatment if you notice a crack or chip in your tooth.

Does Every Chipped or Cracked Tooth Need Treatment?

There are different types of tooth fractures, and not all of them will need professional treatment. For example, you may have craze lines, which are minor fractures in the enamel that don’t present any symptoms—these will not require treatment. However, if you have a fractured tooth cusp or a cracked or split tooth, treatment is necessary to prevent the fracture from leading to a tooth infection or tooth loss [4].

It’s essential to schedule an appointment with your dentist if you see any type of tooth chip or fracture, as the problem could get worse without treatment and even compromise your entire tooth. Your dentist can help you determine what treatment options are available to you for your chipped or cracked teeth.

Sources:
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4439863/
2. https://www.aae.org/patients/dental-symptoms/cracked-teeth/
3. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tooth-abscess/symptoms-causes/syc-
20350901
4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3870147/

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Cracked or Chipped Teeth Can Affect Your Oral Health
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Chipped and cracked teeth are common among patients and have the potential to impact oral health if left untreated. So how exactly can chipped and cracked teeth impact your dental health?
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