Cracked Teeth

Cracked Teeth services offered in Kirkland, WA

If you crack a tooth, don’t wait to visit an endodontist. At Prime Endodontics in Kirkland, Washington, expert endodontist Nestor Cohenca, DDS, FIADT, uses various techniques, to repair cracked teeth and encourage optimal oral health. To make an appointment, call the office or book one online today.

Cracked Teeth Q&A


What are cracked teeth?

A cracked tooth occurs when your enamel fractures, chips, or breaks. If that happens, it increases your risk of more serious oral conditions, like gum disease or deep decay. 

If you crack a tooth after biting down on something hard or getting hit in the mouth, contact Prime Endodontics right away. The sooner you receive treatment, the less likely you are to need an extraction or another type of oral surgery. 

What are some common causes of cracked teeth?

Cracked teeth occur for various reasons, including:

  • Teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Extensive dental work
  • Chewing or biting on hard foods or objects like popcorn kernels or pen caps
  • Dental trauma (getting hit in the mouth, a car accident, or a sports injury)
  • Being middle-aged or older

You might also experience a cracked tooth if the temperature of your mouth changes quickly. For example, drinking ice water immediately after chewing a piece of very hot food.

What are the types of cracked teeth?

Dr. Cohenca treats all types of cracked teeth, including:


Craze lines

Craze lines are small fractures in your enamel. They occur due to daily activities like biting and chewing and rarely require treatment.


Fractured cusps

Fractured cusps are cracks that occur on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. They don’t extend to your pulp (the soft center of your tooth), so they rarely cause pain.


Cracks that extend to the gum line

If the crack in your tooth extends all the way to the gum line, you may benefit from an extraction. Deep cracks can expose the roots of your tooth, increasing the risk of infection.


Split tooth

A split tooth occurs when a large crack breaks your tooth into two separate pieces. Thanks to modern endodontic techniques, Dr. Cohenca may be able to save at least a part of your natural tooth.


Vertical root fracture

A vertical root fracture is a crack that occurs beneath your gum line. These cracks rarely present symptoms unless they become infected. When that occurs, extractions are usually necessary.


How are cracked teeth diagnosed?

To diagnose cracked teeth, Dr. Cohenca asks about your symptoms, conducts an oral exam, and takes digital X-rays. After pinpointing the location, size, and type of each crack, he develops a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

How are cracked teeth treated?

Treatment of cracked teeth depends on several factors, including the type of crack, the size of the crack, and its location. Dr. Cohenca might recommend:

  • Dental bonding
  • Dental crowns
  • Root canal
  • Root canal retreatment
  • Endodontic retreatment

If the crack in your tooth is small and doesn’t cause you any problems, you might not need treatment at all. 

To learn more about the treatment options for cracked teeth, make an appointment at Prime Endodontics by calling the office or requesting one online today.