A fractured tooth, often called a cracked tooth, is when a crack appears in your tooth. The crack can sometimes be small and harmless. Other times, it can cause your tooth to break or split.
Tooth fractures are most common in children and older people, although anybody can crack a tooth. If you suspect a broken tooth, see a dentist right away.
Causes Of Fractured Tooth
The most common causes of tooth fractures are:
- Age, with many tooth cracks happening at age 50 and older.
- Biting hard foods, such as candy, ice or popcorn kernels.
- Habits, such as gum chewing, ice chewing.
- Largedental fillingsor a root canal,which weaken the tooth.
- Teeth grinding (bruxism).
- Trauma, including falls, sports injuries, bike accidents, car accidents or physical violence.