Here is a good example from this week how teeth with old, mercury fillings can create cracks in teeth (Can my fillings be making my teeth crack?).
We repaired both of these molars with custom made ceramic crowns and a composite resin filling on the smaller premolar.
If you look closely on the before picture, you can see the fractures.
Symptoms of cracked teeth like these often involve increased sensitivity to hot and cold, as well as pain during chewing.
If you notice symptoms like this, don’t wait! Those small warning signs are the body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Once the aches and pains have started they can be difficult to reverse with simply crowning the teeth. Too often more extensive treatments like root canals can be required (Doc, why do I need a root canal?).
We routinely repair teeth like this in a single visit, using a technology called Cerec (see Crowns in a single visit) and it takes about an hour and a half.
Dentistry has come a long way and these days teeth don’t have to hurt.
Click here if you’d like to come in for a brief consult or if you think your fillings might be cracking.