If you’ve ever cracked a tooth, you know how excruciating it can be. Even tiny cracks can cause severe pain, particularly if they expose a nerve in the tooth’s pulp. Sometimes cracks in teeth are visible to the naked eye, but often, the only way to detect them is through pain when eating.

A tooth will crack for several reasons, but the most common cause is hard food. Chewing on ice, hard candy, and similar foods could create too much pressure on a molar and create a crack. Cracked teeth can also be the result of sustained teeth grinding, or bruxism: even if your tooth doesn’t crack while you’re grinding your teeth, the constant pressure can cause a tooth to break later, even if you’re eating something soft.

Cracked teeth can be treated in multiple ways, depending on the depth and severity of the crack. Sometimes, using a bonding substance to fill the crack will do the trick, but in more severe cases, a crown, bridge, or root canal may be necessary. If you have a cracked tooth and are seeking treatment, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe to discuss your options.