Cracked teeth can be caused by many different things, but they all have one thing in common: excess force. Even perfectly healthy teeth can crack due to extreme force. Some cracks are noticeable right away because you heard or felt it happen. Other start out small and painless and require minimal treatment to repair. If a crack is not repaired, it allows bacteria to enter the tooth and cause decay and infection. As cracks progress, the tooth may require a crown, a root canal, or both to repair it. In some instances, cracks may be so severe that the tooth is not repairable and must be removed and replaced. This is another reason why regular and frequent exams are recommended so that cracks can be detected and treated before they become a serious problem! Contact us today to make sure cracked teeth don't become a problem for you.