As you can imagine, teeth take a lot of force. That is due to our jaw muscles being some of the strongest muscles in the body. As we age, it is not uncommon to develop small cracks in the grooves of our back teeth from a normal diet. Sometimes these cracks get deeper and the strength of the tooth diminishes. When this happens, a portion of a tooth may break off or the tooth becomes sore to bite on.
Cracked teeth should be examined early and treated quickly before more damage occurs. Left untreated, the crack can enter the nerve space of the tooth and cause terrible pain. Occasionally, the crack goes below the gum line and breaks the root which requires that the entire tooth be removed.
Preventing cracked teeth can be done by avoiding foods that require a lot of force such as almonds, pistachios, sunflower seeds and ice chewing. People that grind their teeth at night or during the day should wear a bite guard to prevent breaking and weakening teeth.
As previously mentioned, cracked teeth should be brought to the attention of the dentist ASAP. If you have a tooth that is tender to bite on occasionally, let Dr. Jordan know soon!