What Causes Teeth to Crack? An FAQ

A cracked tooth can be a problem, depending on how badly the tooth is cracked. Knowing the symptoms of a cracked tooth, what causes teeth to crack and how you can avoid cracking a tooth can help you take care of your dental health. Here’s what you need to know.

What causes teeth to crack?

Teeth generally crack when they’re put under pressure, often when the tooth is ground against something very hard. A person can crack a tooth when biting down on a piece of candy. Other times it may happen due to an impact with something hard.

Some people develop cracked teeth because they grind their teeth at night. If you grind your teeth, speak to your dentist and get a mouthguard.

What can you do to avoid cracking your teeth?

You can avoid cracking a tooth by avoiding the following:

  • Don’t bite down on hard candy. Suck it instead!
  • Don’t use your teeth to tear open packages.
  • Never use your teeth as “scissors” to cut off tags.

Wear your mouthguard if you do grind your teeth.

How can you tell if you grind your teeth?

Your dentist will notice the signs that you grind your teeth. Look for these symptoms:

  • Your teeth are sensitive
  • The enamel is worn down
  • Your cheek is damaged on the inside (from chewing)
  • Your face or neck hurt
  • Your headaches at the temples

If you sleep with a partner, they may notice you grinding your teeth as well.

How can you tell if your tooth is cracked?

There are many different symptoms you may experience if your tooth is cracked including:

  • Pain when chewing
  • Sudden sensitivity to sweetness, heat or cold
  • Discomfort in the teeth and gums

If your tooth is cracked, what should you do?

If you believe your tooth might be cracked, or if you’re having a pain in the teeth that you can’t quite determine where the pain comes from, contact a dental professional as soon as possible.

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At Woodlane Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we help patients manage dental problems like cracked teeth, emergency exams, tooth extractions and more. Make an appointment to address your dental problem today.