Cracked Teeth

Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD

Endodontists located in La Mesa, CA

Discovering you have a cracked tooth can be scary. If you’re experiencing pain while chewing, sensitivity to hot and cold, or aching in the affected tooth, visit Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD in La Mesa, California. As an endodontic specialty group, they offer restorative and cosmetic procedures to fix cracked teeth, relieve pain, and improve your smile.

Cracked Teeth Q & A

Jack Pawlak, DDS and Craig Deagle, DMD

What causes cracked teeth?

While the enamel on your teeth is incredibly strong, it is still vulnerable to cracks and chips. Some of the most common causes of cracked teeth include:

  • Chewing on hard foods, like ice, nuts, or hard candy
  • An accident or blow to the mouth
  • Cavities or tooth decay
  • Teeth grinding
  • Exposing the teeth to extreme temperatures
  • Root canal treatment

Why do cracked teeth hurt?

Cracked teeth may hurt because of the pressure changes that occur when you bite or chew with a cracked tooth. Pain can also occur if the cracked tooth exposes the underlying root, which contains nerve endings that are sensitive to heat and cold.

A cracked tooth might also hurt if it becomes infected or diseased.

What are the symptoms of a cracked tooth?

In some cases, you may not even know you have a cracked tooth. However, there are some telltale signs and symptoms you have a crack, including:

  • A visible hairline fracture on the tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • Pain while chewing
  • Pain when clenching the teeth or releasing clenched teeth

Dr. Pawlak or Dr. Deagle can determine if you have a cracked tooth, and what treatment option is best to repair it.

How are cracked teeth treated?

Several procedures can treat cracked teeth. Depending on your needs, your dentist may recommend:

Composite bonding

This is a procedure that repairs chips, cracks, or misshapen teeth through the use of a dental putty that is molded to your tooth. An ultraviolet light bonds the putty to your tooth, and afterward your dentist shapes and polishes the area.


A crown is a porcelain cap that sits on top of the cracked tooth. Crowns protect vulnerable teeth from further decay or cracking, and they look and function like the rest of your teeth.


A veneer is an ultra-thin, porcelain cover that is bonded directly over a cracked tooth. A veneer can transform the look of a chipped tooth and may last up to 30 years.

Dental implant

A dental implant can replace a tooth that is cracked below the gumline. The implant is comprised of an artificial tooth and a post that is rooted in your gum line.

In some cases, a cracked tooth requires a root canal procedure, which involves cleaning out decayed material inside the root of the affected tooth.

If you have cracked teeth and want a personalized consultation about your treatment options, call Jack Pawlak, DDS, and Craig Deagle, DMD, or book an appointment online today.