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What Is Cracked Tooth Syndrome?

If you’re lucky, you’ve never experienced a chipped or cracked tooth, but while such injuries are usually one-offs, sometimes it's possible to have more than one chipped or cracked tooth at the same time - without even realizing it. Doesn’t seem possible, does it? But it is. It’s called Cracked Tooth Syndrome, and if it sounds serious, that’s because it is!

Cracked Tooth Syndrome occurs when a tooth or teeth exhibit tiny cracks that are either only visible on X-ray or that fall below the gum line and are extremely difficult to get to. Cracked Tooth Syndrome can affect any of your teeth, but it most frequently occurs in the molars.

So, what causes the problematic condition, and how can you prevent it from happening to you? Well, first, let’s tackle what causes it. Cracked Tooth Syndrome is most often caused by a condition called bruxism, which is just a fancy way of saying "teeth grinding." An estimated 10 percent of adults and 15 percent of children grind their teeth, putting those people at a significant risk for Cracked Tooth Syndrome.

Bruxism causes Cracked Tooth Syndrome by causing tiny cracks in the teeth while they are under pressure from being forced together. Unfortunately, grinding your teeth isn’t the only way you can get this syndrome. It can also occur if your teeth are too crowded, if you have a tooth or teeth that have undergone a root canal procedure, or in teeth that have had very large fillings.

The good news is, you can largely prevent Cracked Tooth Syndrome. First of all, if you believe your teeth are crowded, speak to Dr. Simpson about scheduling an orthodontic evaluation. By spacing the teeth more evenly, you can alleviate much of the pressure that causes Cracked Tooth Syndrome.

Do you grind your teeth or suspect you do? Schedule an appointment for a custom mouth guard that can protect your teeth from damage caused by bruxism.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Simpson, please call 910-239-7134.

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