Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art -

CRACKED teeth are a clin­i­cal prob­lem we are see­ing on a daily ba­sis, and can be seen in weak, heav­ily filled teeth and/or pa­tients who clench or grind their teeth, says Cottesloe Den­tal den­tist Dr Mar­garet Szy­naka.

The sever­ity of a crack can vary from in­volv­ing just one tip of the tooth to a com­plete split of the tooth.

Pre­ven­tion of cracks or halt­ing pro­gres­sion can pre­vent loss of a tooth - this may be as sim­ple as mak­ing a night guard to pro­tect the teeth from clench­ing and grind­ing, or over­lay­ing the tooth with a lab­o­ra­tory-made cov­er­ing such as a crown.

A pa­tient may not have any symp­toms at all in early stages.

“Hav­ing reg­u­lar checks at the den­tist will al­low a po­ten­tial prob­lem to be iden­ti­fied early, with a good chance of sav­ing the tooth,” Dr Szy­naka said.

To make an ap­point­ment, call 9384 1644.

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