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Cracking a tooth is a lot easier than you might think. A little too much force against the tooth can start a crack. Something as simple as chewing on ice or popcorn seeds can start the crack. Getting knocked in the jaw, consistently grinding your teeth, and clenching your jaw can all cause cracks. The good news is that there are several ways to treat cracked teeth.

For minor cracks, Drs. Bailey and Huff may recommend either repairing the crack with filling material or possibly a dental veneer. The filling has the benefit of being easy to apply and can be done in the same visit. The veneer offers a bit more stability, but is much more expensive and takes a follow-up visit to apply.

For larger cracks, dental crowns are the most used option. They provide structure and strength to the damaged tooth. If the crack goes down to the pulp, the soft tissue nerves, and blood vessels, the tooth will likely need a root canal treatment. This is because the pulp is likely to become infected.

In extreme cases, the tooth may need to be extracted and replaced with either a dental implant or a bridge.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment with our dentists at South Coast Family Dentistry in Coos Bay, Oregon, please call us today.