Did you know that cracked teeth can happen as the result of some very obvious causes and then some not so obvious causes? Before you assume you already know everything you know about preventing this type of damage, we encourage you to consider the fact that there might be some sneaky factors you never even considered before! Fortunately, as we make our way through them, you will be able to offer your smile a little added protection.
Cause: Untreated Dental Problems
You might think that cracked teeth happen most often when your smile is healthy. However, you might not recognize that a tooth that’s already damaged may end up cracked simply because you never came in for restorative care. While this doesn’t sound like a big deal, it can actually be quite severe. A tooth that just needs a dental filling can suddenly become one that requires a crown or even removal when it cracks due to its high level of susceptibility to further damage. What we’re saying here is: Take care of your teeth!
Cause: Sleep Bruxism
You might be someone who grinds your teeth in your sleep (or clenches them). This can easily lead to cracked teeth. Since you probably won’t catch on that you’re doing this, remember to keep on track with checkups (we will notice the signs early on).
Cause: Tough Foods
You know that too much pressure against your tooth is generally what leads to a crack. What you might not notice when it comes to foods, however, is that it’s not always the hardest food that causes problems. Don’t underestimate the power of tough foods, as well, like bagels or anything that doesn’t give the moment you sink your teeth into it. Just enough push back from tough foods can lead to fractures, as well, so make thoughtful choices.
See Us Immediately For A Cracked Tooth
If your tooth is cracked or you think you see a fracture, come in immediately to prevent complications and to allow us to treat the problem. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.