Broken and Cracked Teeth

Broken Teeth - Prism Dental Group, Thousand Oaks Dentist


If you find that your teeth are either broken, chipped or cracked, don’t worry. With a customizable treatment plan, broken or cracked teeth can be easily treated.

There are several reasons why teeth break:

  • Cavities
  • Chewing on hard things like seeds, nuts, ice, etc.
  • Large fillings that are not supporting your teeth
  • Trauma
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Abrupt changes in temperature in your mouth, like drinking something too hot followed by something very cold or vice versa
  • Age - As we get older we can develop cracks in the teeth

Broken or cracked teeth may not cause immediate pain but if the crack is close to in the nerve, it can cause pain when chewing or biting, especially when you release the bite, develop sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet or sour things, and cause swelling of the gum around the affected tooth. Whether or not the crack causes you pain, your teeth need to be evaluated by a professional.

Cracks can appear as:

  • Craze Lines. These are super-small cracks in the enamel. They cause no pain and don’t require any treatment.
  • Fractured part of the tooth. This kind of crack generally occurs around a dental filling and only a small part of the tooth is fractured
  • Split tooth. This is a tooth with a crack that travels from its surface to below the gum line or even to roots
  • Vertical root fracture. This type of crack begins below the gum line and travels upward.

How to treat broken or cracked teeth:

Treatment depends on the size of the crack, where it’s located, your symptoms, and whether the crack extends into the gum line. Depending on those factors, your dentist may recommend one of the following:

  • No treatment
  • Bonding
  • Crown
  • Root canal
  • Extraction

How Dr. Siddappa Can Help You

With over 17 years of experience, Dr. Siddappa is an expert at treating broken or cracked teeth. If you would like to learn more about the different types of treatment options offered at Prism Dental Group, schedule a personalized consultation today.