Craze lines and cracks in teeth can be present without having any symptoms whatsoever. This is a naturally occurring condition that is part of the aging process. Some people prefer to compare them to the weathering that occurs on a piece of aged pottery or glassware. The two are quite similar. This type of a wear is usually not a threat to the health of the mouth.
Cracks in teeth not caused by craze lines can be indicative of a few different things, all of which should be treated as soon as noticed so as not to allow the problem to worsen. Similar to the tiny fissures caused by aging, this type of fracture could eventually wear away the enamel, expose the dentin and pulp, and even make its way down to the root. Whenever the innermost parts of the incisor are exposed, there is the possibility for the naturally occurring bacteria to breed until decay and disease sets in. There are hundreds of different types of bacteria present in the mouth, so this can become a very rapid chain of events once these are present.
It is possible for cracks in teeth as well as craze lines to be non-threatening, but only a dental professional will be able to make this determination. Both will sometimes present a reaction to hot liquids such as coffee or tea and cold foods such as ice cream. The sensitivity will feel like a slight sharp pain. However, both types of fissures can be present and present absolutely no symptoms at all.
During an examination, a dentist can identify the fractures and then make the decision whether they are caused by aging or something more serious. There are many procedures and treatments that can be used to solve this problem, but the severity of the condition will warrant which are used.
Craze lines, unlike cracks in teeth, usually involve only the aesthetic aspect of dental care. The patient wants to correct this because it is visually unpleasant. This can be done through the use of veneers and other products, and it can be done in the office during a routine visit. These can open up the enamel of the tooth so that it becomes more susceptible to staining. This is why veneers and whitening treatments as well as dental bonding may be necessary to restore the incisor back to its healthy original color.
The latter mentioned above that have begun to expose the inner dentin portion, may require treatments to seal the incisor. However, if decay has begun, first that diseased tissue must be removed. The same can be said for the deeper portion such as the pulp or the channel that leads to the root. The same diseased tissue removal must be performed but on a more invasive level. This can be done through root canals. The degree of tissue removal required will also dictate what type of replacement therapy will be used such as resins, dental bonding, crowns, bridges, partials, dentures, or implants.
Cracks in teeth as well as craze lines can be identified early through routine dental examinations.
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