Tooth fracture is a common dental problem. Our teeth are subject to tremendous mechanical pressure from the food chewing each meal every day. Often, the tooth would develop internal micro-fractures. The fracture line might become visible on the tooth and routine dental examination can help detect these fracture lines.
For example, this tooth has visible fracture line on the side wall of a posterior molar tooth.
With a visible fracture line, the tooth is at greater risk of further fracture and this would potentially cause dental emergency with great pain and discomfort. The option to protect the tooth is to put a dental crown on the tooth. The dental crown would offer the so-called “full coverage” protection. The crown would help holding the tooth together and prevent the fracture from spreading further.
However, the consequence of delaying the treatment might be catastrophic. The tooth might have catastrophic fracture and the end result could be tooth loss.
Dentist can give a detailed examination and help detect if your tooth has any fracture.
Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS
Family Dentist Office in Tempe AZ
Serving the city of Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, and Mesa in Arizona. Practicing Family Dentist