Repairing Cracked Teeth for Kids

What Causes Cracked Teeth?

Enamel, which covers your teeth and is the hardest substance in your body, has its limits. Sometimes when children chew on hard candy, ice, bite down hard, receive an injury to their mouth their teeth can chip or crack. Poor dental hygiene can also cause cavities that will weaken your child’s teeth and make them more susceptible to being chipped or cracked. Making sure that your children have regular teeth cleaning and dental exams will help to keep their teeth strong and healthy.

Chipped and Cracked Tooth Repair

If your child has a chipped or cracked tooth it is important to have them come to Smile Center for Kids to have it looked at. Having a cracked tooth can sometimes lead to more serious oral health issues and damage to surrounding teeth.

Dental Bonding for Cracked Teeth

With dental bonding at Smile Center for Kids we can fix chipped or broken teeth with a composite material that can be matched to the color of your child’s tooth. The result is protection from further damage to the tooth and restoration of a beautiful smile.

Different Types of Tooth Damage

Craze lines are tiny cracks in the outer layer of your enamel only. They are shallow in the tooth and they don’t cause pain. While not cosmetically pleasing, they’re not dangerous. Craze lines do not require treatment.

A fractured cusp is a fracture at the point of a tooth on the chewing surface. A cusp can become weakened and either break off on its own or it may need to be removed. Fractured cusps rarely damage the pulp of your tooth, so root canal treatment is usually not necessary, but you may need to replace the affected area with a porcelain dental crown.

With cracked teeth, some cracks extend all the way from the chewing surface down into the root of your tooth. Depending on the position of the crack, damage to the pulp can happen. In many cases we will recommend root canal treatment to fix a cracked tooth.

A split tooth happens when a tooth is cracked and, over time, the crack progresses until the tooth eventually splits into two separate parts. Depending on the position and extent of the tooth crack we will determine whether part of the tooth can be saved with a crown or another restorative procedure.

Vertical root fractures are cracks that begin in the root of a tooth. Because the fracture line may not be visible we have to pay special attention to your child’s symptoms in order to identify if you they have one. Vertical root fractures are some of the most difficult fractures to identify. They are often fixed through endodontic treatment. It is sometimes possible to save part of the tooth, but in many cases the tooth needs to be removed.

How To Prevent Cracked or Chipped Teeth

It is difficult to completely prevent chipped or cracked teeth because almost everyone ends up with it eventually. Here are a few ideas that Dr. Wilson suggests to prevent unnecessary damage:

  • Don’t chew on ice, popcorn kernels, pens, hard candy, or other hard objects.
  • Don’t clench or grind your teeth.
  • If you clench or grind your teeth while sleeping, speak with Smile Center for Kids about getting a retainer or mouthguard.
  • Wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports.

If you would like a closer examination of your teeth, please give us a call at either our Sunland Park Drive location (915) 213-1200 or our Edgemere location (915) 493-6310.