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Why Do Some Teeth Crack?

Posted on 2/2/2024 by Weo Admin
Photo of patients cracked tooth before they made an appointment at  Sola Smile Co. in Austin, TXDental cracks pose a significant risk when left untreated, as they might extend under your gums. Those with tooth cracks will likely feel acute pain when they bite into solid food. A tooth cracks due to many reasons. However, in most cases, cracks are caused by trauma to the tooth.

Activities That Cause Dental Cracks

Frequent and repetitive forces can damage your tooth structure, resulting in cracks. As much as dental cracks tend to occur naturally in the elderly, you can get them depending on your lifestyle and the activities you engage in. Here are some of the activities that can cause cracks in your teeth.

Falls and Accidents

When you are involved in an accident, your teeth might get cracked. Participating in vigorous activities, such as contact sports, without the right protective headgear can also put your teeth at risk of damage. For accidents where there is little you can do to control the level of damage to your teeth, it is important to seek medical attention right away. For instance, if you fall from your bike and dislodge your tooth, immediate care can help reinstate it.

Chewing Hard Substances

Biting into hard substances increases the risk of dental cracks. As much as the tooth enamel is tough, it can get damaged with excessive pressure. For instance, when you bite into hard substances like ice, you are likely to chip your tooth. This often results in dental cracks. Hard candy is another common food item that can cause cracks. It is a good idea to avoid chewing into hard substances for the safety of your teeth.

Teeth Grinding

Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a condition where a person clenches and grinds their teeth. People with this condition unconsciously clench their teeth when they are awake and, in most cases, asleep. When you grind your teeth too hard, dental cracks can occur. This is because it weakens the enamel and causes damage to your teeth.

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Contact our offices for more information on dental cracks and how to deal with a cracked tooth. Our professionals have the knowledge and expertise to handle your dental needs.

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