Craze lines are tiny vertical cracks in our teeth. They can be caused by many potential causes, including an imbalanced bite. Unlike cracked tooth syndrome, craze lines aren’t serious, though they can become so.
Craze lines can be traced to many potential causes, including bite problems such as minor TMJ. Clenching of teeth at night is another common cause of craze lines, as is biting non-food items that are hard and can damage your tooth enamel, such as fingernails, pens, and ice cubes.
Speaking of ice, another possible cause of craze lines is rapid transitions between heat and cold. Think of how ice cracks when you put it in a glass of water. Or if you’ve ever put cold water on a really hot plate or glass baking dish.
Craze lines are technically cracks in your teeth, but they aren’t what we refer to when we’re talking about a cracked tooth. A cracked tooth means that cracks have penetrated deep into the tooth and pose a real danger to your teeth. In order to tell the difference between craze lines and a cracked tooth, pay attention for common symptoms of cracked teeth, especially tooth sensitivity.
If craze lines cause sensitivity or you start to develop cavities around them, then they’re a serious problem and need to be treated to save your teeth.
On the other hand, if your parents had craze lines but never any dental problems associated with them, it’s likely your craze lines are benign, too. Our tooth enamel is designed to allow cracks to develop but stop them from getting too large.
Of course, you should be seeing your dentist on a regular basis, and he can tell you if your craze lines are a cause for concern.
Cause for concern or not, many people are unhappy with the appearance of craze lines. They can become stained and make your teeth look damaged. Fortunately, these can be treated.
For minor craze lines, teeth whitening might be effective. Most of the time people notice craze lines because they are discolored, so removing stains is as good as eliminating the cracks.
If you want to learn whether your craze lines are serious or just cosmetic, please call 509-532-1111 for an appointment with a Spokane cosmetic dentist at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics today.
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3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
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