Are tiny cracks in my teeth a dental emergency?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Hairline cracks in the teeth can indicate tooth grinding, the sleep disorder bruxism, or mental stress.
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Tiny cracks in teeth are usually not a dental emergency unless they are causing pain. Although a small amount of pain might be tolerable, it can increase if the crack becomes  bigger. Cracks can also create places for bacteria to grow, causing a cavity. This is why seeing a dentist frequently is so important. The best way for a dentist to detect a crack is upon visual examination, since some cracks are not visible on X-rays.

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