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Cracked Teeth and Dental Emergencies

Over time, the teeth may be weakened due to pressure caused by biting and chewing of food, resulting in tooth cracks.

As with many conditions in the mouth, there’s no one reason for cracked tooth syndrome. However, some common causes include:

1. Teeth Grinding or Clenching

Excessive teeth grinding called bruxism, can cause a cracked tooth or teeth which will lead to you having to take a trip to see the emergency dentist. The way a person’s teeth come together can put too much pressure on one tooth, causing the tooth to crack. People who grind or clench their teeth may be more susceptible to cracked tooth syndrome because of the constant forces put on their teeth. Sometimes a person’s normal bite causes certain molar cusps (the highest points of the tooth) to exert so much pressure on the opposing tooth that it cracks.

2. Large fillings In Teeth

Teeth that have undergone root canal treatment are also liable to crack. Teeth with large fillings or teeth that have undergone root canal treatment are weaker than other teeth and may be more likely to crack. There can be extreme biting stresses on certain parts of the tooth based on the shape of the filling. Over time, this biting stress may break down the tooth, causing a crack. People with one cracked tooth are more likely to have others, either at the same time or in the future.

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3. Rapid changes in temperature

Exposure of tooth enamel to temperature extremes such as eating hot food and then drinking ice water can cause a crack in the teeth at which time you’d probably have to see an emergency dentist Albuquerque if you were in New Mexico. Rapid changes in temperature can cause small hairline fractures in the tooth. These tiny fractures easily remineralize and do not pose a tooth health problem that requires dental surgery.

4. Chewing On Hard Objects

Teeth often crack when in the process of eating something thought to be soft, an unexpected hard object is encountered, and the force of impact overcomes a tooth’s integrity. Biting into hard food, such as popcorn kernel, nuts, hard candy or ice, may cause the teeth to crack. For example, if I was trying to find a dentist near me after I mindlessly munched on popcorn, you unsuspectingly chomp down on an un-popped kernel and crack goes a tooth. I have seen perfectly healthy teeth with nary a cavity or filling split in half thanks to a wayward corn kernel. A close second to popcorn as a notorious tooth cracker is an attempt to cut open food packaging; a bag of peanuts or a protein bar, with the teeth. Teeth are designed for incising, biting and chewing food and not as a replacement for a Swiss Army Knife. Think twice before using your incisors as a kitchen utensil.

5. Accident or Trauma

Trauma to the face or mouth, such as being hit in the face with a ball while playing sports can cause the teeth to crack. To prevent this, wear a mouthguard or protective mask when playing contact sports.