Smilebrite Family Dental

Dr. Neil Zastre Inc.

110 - 11971 Third Avenue

(entrance on Chatham Street)

Richmond, BC V7E 3J9


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fractured tooth

Cuspal Fracture: When a cusp, or the pointed part of the chewing surface of your tooth, becomes weakened, the cusp may fracture.  Part of the cusp may break off or may need to be removed.  Depending upon the extent of the fracture, the pulp may also become damaged and a root canal may be required. 

Cracked Tooth:  This type of crack extends from the chewing surface of the tooth toward the root and sometimes below the gum line.  A cracked tooth is not completely split into two distinct pieces. This may cause sensitivity when biting or to cold temperature.

Movable Segments:  If caught early enough, the tooth is usually crowned but endodontic therapy may be needed at a later date (typically with in the first 6 months).  

Split Tooth:  A split tooth is a cracked tooth in which the crack has created 2 distinct segments that can be separated from one another.  The position and extent of the crack will determine if any portion of the tooth can be saved, but most of these teeth will need to be extracted.

Cracked to Broken

When a tooth begins to crack it will act like a crack in a windshield. Over time the crack will begin to grow or spread. If you wait until the tooth begins to ache, you are much more likely to need a root canal in addition to a crown. Prevention:

While cracked teeth are not completely preventable, you can take some steps to make your teeth less susceptible to cracks.

  • Don't chew on hard objects such as ice, un-popped popcorn kernels or pens.
  • Don't clench or grind your teeth.
  • If you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep, talk to us about getting a night guard to protect your teeth.
  • Wear a mouth guard and/or a mask when playing contact sports.

If you experience symptoms of a fractured or cracked tooth, please contact us immediately.  Early diagnosis and treatment will reduce the risk of pain and suffering you may experience if the problem progresses.