How Cracks Can Cause Discolored Teeth
Today’s video is on number seven, cracks. There are actually a couple of different kinds of cracks in teeth. Really fine small ones we call craze lines and these aren’t really significant crack at all, they’re just very faint lines in teeth and don’t usually indicate a problem. Larger or longer or wider cracks can indicate a problem with the tooth and these may indicate the tooth is actually weakened.
What causes these cracks?
Basically the larger cracks can be caused from such things as trauma to the tooth or from grinding or tooth ware over time. Grinding the teeth back and forth puts forces on the teeth and little bits of the teeth can break off and then little lines can lead out from these chipped edges. These chipped edges pick up stain from food and drink that we all consume and show up especially as we get older, making the teeth look discolored.
What can we do about these cracks?
If they’re small and fine, tooth whitening is probably all that’s needed to blend the fine line into the background color of the tooth. If the crack is larger, it usually indicates, as I said, that the tooth may be structurally weakened so you need something to hold it together. If it’s a back tooth, a metal or porcelain onlay or crown is the answer. If it’s a front tooth, bonding or a veneer or a crown out of porcelain or resin really will not only make the tooth stronger but make it look better as well.
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