Cracked Teeth

Proactively examining potential cracks at a microscopic level – and treating them with care.

Subtle cracks in your teeth can cause a range of symptoms right now and create even bigger problems in the future. Invisible to the naked eye, these tiny fractures are difficult to detect – even on X-rays. If you experience occasional tooth pain that does not have a clear cause, an examination may be worthwhile.

Our doctors are specially trained to diagnose and save a cracked tooth, so you can take action sooner than later and enjoy peace of mind. Once treated, most cracked teeth continue to function normally and provide years of comfortable chewing.

Cracked Teeth


01. What symptoms are common with cracked teeth?

Cracked and fractured teeth exhibit a variety of symptoms that can come and go. If your tooth is cracked or fractured, you might feel occasional pain when chewing, particularly between bites as you release the pressure on your teeth.

While a general dentist may not have the experience or equipment to diagnose a cracked tooth, the Integrative Endodontics team is equipped to help. To check whether your tooth or teeth may be fractured, book your in-office consultation →

02. Why do microscopic cracks in teeth happen?

Despite the fact that enamel is the hardest structure in the body, repetitive unbalanced and excessive forces can cause cracks and fractures in teeth. These forces can come in a form of malocclusions, grinding, and clenching.

03. What is the difference between a cracked tooth and a traumatic dental injury?

Unlike microscopic cracks from unbalanced occlusion, a traumatic dental injury is usually caused by a major triggering event, such as a sports injury or car accident. These types of injuries can result in minor cracks or more clearly visible issues, such as a dislodged or chipped tooth.

04. How do your endodontists treat my fractured teeth?

The treatment of your cracked tooth depends on the type, location, and severity of the crack. Cracks and fractures usually start on the surface and work their way into the tooth, moving toward the root. We use special techniques to reinforce the internal structure of the tooth, and a crown is usually recommended to cover the external structures.

Early diagnosis and treatment are essential in saving your teeth. A cracked tooth that is not treated may progressively worsen, eventually resulting in the loss of the tooth.