Brittle Teeth:  What It Is And How To Prevent It

Brittle teeth, commonly associated with Cracked Tooth Syndrome is said to be one of the hardest diagnoses in dentistry.  Often, the patient will feel sharp pain when chewing but cannot exactly pinpoint where the pain is coming from.  In most cases it is a back tooth and can be determined when the dentist has the patient bite down on a piece of wood.

Generally, the dentist cannot actually see brittle teeth, clinically or radiographically.  The tooth often will not even have any visible associated problems with a filling or decay either.  Nothing may look wrong but when the pressure is applied to the tooth, a great deal of pain is inflicted.

Diagnosis can be confirmed further when the dentist rests an instrument on top of one tooth at a time because there will be a sharp pain when it comes in contact with the cusp of the tooth.  If the tooth happens to have a crack in it, the pain is ultimately caused from the movement of the cusp.  The movement is usually only microscopic and cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Difference Between A Crack And A Craze

Brittle teeth can often be associated with crazes.  These are visible cracks that are present in the tooth enamel.  They are almost always vertical and painless and tend to be most noticed in front teeth.  Crazes occur because of the difference between the underlying dentin and the expansion of the enamel and they also tend to form with age.  If you switch rapidly between drinking and eating cold and hot foods and liquids, components contract and expand at different rates, resulting in cracks appearing in the outer layer of brittle teeth.

How To Save Cracked Teeth

The only part of a cracked tooth that is able to be repaired is the visible part that lies above the gum line.  Since the crack is rarely visible and the tooth usually remains intact, it is often impossible for a dentist to make a confirmed decision.  The dentist will try to provide the best guidance but there is always the chance that the tooth will be lost.

If brittle teeth have resulted in a crack occurring, there are three steps that can help to repair it.

  1. The tooth will need to have a root canal because if the crack is present through the nerve, the nerve will cause an abscess after it dies.  This procedure is not necessary if the crack hasn't reached the nerve but since there is no way to tell, it has to be performed.
  1. After the root canal has began, the dentist is able to look down into the pulp chamber to see the crack and if it is in the chamber floor.  If so, the crack will need at least one post on both sides of the crack to stabilize it.
  1. The tooth will then require a crown, even if there is not a crack present.

Apple Cider Vinegar For Brittle Teeth

It is proven that apple cider vinegar is phenomenal for your teeth.  The high potassium and malice acid found in it is just what your body might be lacking.  The malic acid is actually found naturally in the cells of your body and a good boost from the apple cider vinegar can help you to maintain good oral health.

The acids kill bacteria that can cause infection and they can even whiten your teeth.  It is advised however, to gargle with this sparingly.  Although it can strengthen your brittle teeth, too much of these acids can wear away tooth enamel.  It is also recommended that if you can't stand the taste of the apple cider vinegar straight, to try mixing it with a bit of agave nectar to help with the bitter taste and just be sure to rinse well after.