Difference Between A Chipped Tooth And Cracked Tooth | Shinagawa Dental Blog

The Difference Between A Chipped Tooth And Cracked Tooth

What exactly is the difference between a chipped Tooth and cracked Tooth?

When you think about it generally, it seems like there’s not much difference at all. But there actually are a couple of differences.

Take a look at what exactly is cracked and chipped tooth.

Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth is most common on teeth in the back of your mouth where the majority of chewing happens. All degrees of a crack can be classified under the diagnosis of “Cracked Tooth Syndrome.” Typically a cracked tooth will require more invasive treatment than a chipped tooth.

If the crack extends beyond the surface of the tooth, a root canal and then place a crown to cover the entire tooth are normally highly-suggested. The restoration is then monitored to see how the tooth responds to ensure the patient remains comfortable with the treatment.

Chipped Tooth

A chipped tooth more frequently occurs in the front teeth. For most patients who experience a chipped tooth, the primary concerns are about functionality and aesthetics. The good thing about it is that it can be fixed quickly.

It normally just takes a day to treat a chipped tooth as the site will be cleaned before bonding a tooth-colored filling to the area to restore the tooth aesthetically and functionally.

The restoration is bound to appear seamless with a big help from the tooth-colored filling material used. The material used can be matched to your teeth nearly perfectly so that when you smile, no one can even tell you had it fixed.

As far as eating and strength of the restoration, it all depends on the extent of the damage and the position of the chip. After your restoration, it’s important to be more cautious about biting down on harder foods; while the restoration will be strong and functional, manmade materials are never as strong as natural teeth.

If you think you have either of these cases, it’s always best to immediately visit a dentist for a corresponding treatment.

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