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.