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Cracked Teeth

It really is amazing what our teeth do for us several times a day for years extending into decades of our lives, chewing hard and soft foods, not to mention habits such as chewing on pencils, or grinding of teeth. But enamel is a crystalline structure, which can develop cracks under stress, and eventually break. We can see cracks in teeth and can often see exactly which parts are going to break. When possible, it is far better to prevent the tooth from breaking, because a severe break can cause a tooth to die, or to need additional surgery if the tooth breaks below the edge of the gum tissue. Occasionally, a tooth breaks in a way that cannot be restored, and the tooth is lost. Most of the time, a crown or an onlay can put a tooth into a nice, safe cocoon that will prevent a cracked tooth from becoming a broken tooth.