Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Stopping the Hairline Fissures

Various oral activities tend to test your teeth’s integrity to the limit. If these limits are exceeded, you may start to suffer cracks in your teeth. That said, it’ll be helpful for you to know that dental fractures don’t only result from blunt trauma; they may also occur as small cracks that pile up over time—a condition called racked Tooth Syndrome.

Fractures can be too tiny and may be located below the gum line, which makes them impossible to detect by mere use of x-rays. Your dentist in Wilkes Barre, PA would have to use special instruments to test your teeth for fractures, apply a special dye to see traces of cracks, or even remove existing crown/fillings for a closer inspection.

Molars, especially the lower set, take most of the pressure from chewing. You’re more likely to end up with a chipped, cracked, or fractured molar if you like to munch on hard foods such as hard candies, ice, large nuts, etc. The risk also increases if you’re into contact sports and you don’t wear protective mouth guards.

Cracks, no matter how big, make a tooth more sensitive and vulnerable to decay. Even worse, they can reach into the inner layer and expose the pulp (a living tissue within the tooth) to infection. When this happens, permanent teeth loss can occur unless remedied early with the right dental treatment(s).


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