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Why do my teeth keep getting cracked?

Cracked teeth can be a source of significant discomfort and are a common issue faced by many dental patients. Understanding the potential causes behind this dental condition is crucial for prevention and effective treatment. It is important for patients to realize that only a consultation and a thorough checkup with appropriate investigations can lead to an accurate diagnosis.

Common Causes of Cracked Teeth

1. Chewing on Hard Objects:

One of the most frequent causes of cracked teeth is the habit of chewing on hard items such as ice, hard candies, or nuts.

These materials can exert excessive force on teeth, particularly if the teeth have underlying weaknesses.

2. Accidents and Trauma:

Accidental impacts to the mouth, such as those from sports injuries or falls, can cause immediate and severe tooth fractures.

Wearing mouthguards during sports and being cautious during physical activities can help prevent such occurrences.

3. Age-Related Wear and Tear:

As we age, our teeth naturally undergo wear and tear.

Older teeth are more susceptible to cracks, especially if there have been previous dental restorations.

4. Abrupt Temperature Changes in the Mouth:

Exposing teeth to extreme temperature changes, such as eating something very hot and then drinking an ice-cold beverage, can lead to thermal stress that may cause tiny cracks in the tooth enamel.

5. Bruxism (Teeth Grinding):

Regular grinding or clenching of teeth, often triggered by stress or sleep disorders, can put so much pressure on the teeth that they eventually crack.

What is "Occlusion"?

A key factor often overlooked in the discussion of cracked teeth is occlusion, or the way the teeth bite together. An improper bite can distribute the forces unevenly across the teeth, leading to undue stress on certain teeth. This misalignment can gradually weaken teeth, predisposing them to fractures. Addressing occlusal issues is not only important for treating and preventing cracked teeth but also for ensuring overall oral health.

Why a Professional Diagnosis is Critical

Although understanding these common causes is helpful, identifying the exact cause of a cracked tooth involves a detailed examination by a dental professional. During a consultation, we at Aidencare perform a comprehensive evaluation that includes checking the occlusion and may involve x-rays or other diagnostic tests. This thorough approach ensures that the underlying cause of the cracking is addressed, not just the symptoms.

Cracked teeth can be caused by a variety of factors, and the complexity of these causes highlights the importance of professional intervention. Remember, the right diagnosis starts with a thorough examination, and addressing any issues with your bite (occlusion) plays a critical role in both treatment and prevention. If you suspect that you have a cracked tooth, it’s essential to consult with us promptly to prevent further damage and resolve the issue effectively.


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