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What causes a cracked tooth?

There are several causes that can lead to a cracked tooth. If you routinely chew on ice or other hard objects or foods, then you are at greater risk for a cracked tooth. Also, uneven or extra pressure on your teeth when you grind or clench your teeth can cause a cracked tooth. If you expose your teeth to extreme temperatures, such as eating very hot food and then drinking ice water or eating ice cream, this can also cause a tooth to crack.

Some other causes of a cracked tooth are more out of your control, such as an accident, fall, or a blow to your mouth. Also, with extensive dental work such as large fillings or other restorative procedures, your teeth can wear down more quickly, and these issues can cause a cracked tooth. Regular dental visits for cleanings and evaluations will help you and your dentist to monitor any small cracks before they lead to more serious dental issues.

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