Stress lines in teeth are one of the most common lesions that affect the teeth. They are also known as “hairline cracks” and they occur over time due to prolonged use of the teeth from the time that they erupt into the mouth. The cracks on the teeth can either be vertical or horizontal, but most commonly vertical and the front teeth are usually involved. These cracks appear due to loss of the enamel, the hard outer layer that protects the teeth. If you wish to recover from stress lines in teeth, visit Critical Dental’s website for their wide range of dental solutions.
There are different causes or predisposing factors of stress lines on teeth. Physical stress or trauma to the teeth can cause the appearance of the stress lines, especially if the diet contains a lot of hard foods. Biting onto objects such as pens, ice cubes, fingernails and pens also lead to the appearance of cracks. Any habits that involve biting into hard objects should be avoided and discouraged in order to protect the integrity of the teeth.
In addition, habits such as grinding of teeth and clenching of the jaws can also cause hairline cracks on the teeth, as this tends to cause physical stress on the enamel.
Eating acidic foods such as lemons can cause the appearance of cracks on teeth and they should be avoided. It is advisable to rinse the mouth with water after exposure to highly acidic containing foods.
The stress lines in teeth may or may not give symptoms. However, when symptoms do occur, they present as tooth sensitivity which can progress to toothache, with the affected teeth being particularly sensitive to exposure of sweet and cold foods. As the condition worsens, there may be sensitivity to hot foods, signifying that the nerves inside the tooth are affected.
The best management of this condition is to avoid the causative factors. When treatment is recommended, your dentist may prescribe a special toothpaste for sensitive teeth, or dental fillings would have to be put onto your teeth in order to cover up the cracks.