Five Dental Treatment Options for Chipped or Cracked Teeth

There are a million and one ways to chip or crack teeth.  You’d be amazed at some of the stories behind them.  However, if you have chipped or cracked a tooth you are most likely looking for a way to fix it.  Craig W. Conrow, DDS, MS, FACP  Board Certified Prosthodontist. provides five treatments types for chipped or cracked teeth.  They are:

Before choosing the type of treatment, Dr. Conrow will ascertain the cause of the chip or crack and isolate the best options for treatment.  If you have a dental emergency, call us immediately at (760) 389-5323. 

Types of Chipped or Cracked Teeth

Each chipped tooth situation is different, and it may call for a specific solution or a combination of them.  There are several types of chipped (or cracked teeth).  Below is information about each.

Craze Lines.  These cracks are common for adult patients.  They resemble tiny lines that are aesthetically unpleasing. Common causes for craze lines are TMJ, night grinding and gnawing on non-food items.

Cracked Tooth.  By dental definition, a cracked tooth has a crack extending from the surface of the tooth to the tooth’s roots.  Cracked teeth should be treated immediately since the life of the tooth is in jeopardy.

Fractured Cusp.  Chewing surfaces of teeth endure a number of foods.  Still, they are not impervious to damage.  Under the wrong circumstances, chewing surfaces can chip.  Such chipping is formally known as a fractured cusp.

Split Tooth.  When cracks are not addressed in teeth, eventually they will split.  Once a split occurs, the damage is irreversible.  The patient should consider a dental implant as a long-term solution.

Vertical Root Fracture.  These cracks originate at the root and slowly make their way to the surface of the tooth.  They rarely cause any pain which allows them to grow unknowingly.  However, they can be diagnosed with annual dental checkups.

Again, if you need assistance with a chipped or cracked tooth, give the office of Craig W. Conrow, DDS, MS, FACP  Board Certified Prosthodontist a call.  (760) 389-5323