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Phone: (971) 708-1608
2831 SE Cornelius Pass Rd.
Hillsboro OR 97123

Jeff R. Call, DMD, FAGD, FICOI
Dix C. Densley, DDS, FAGD, FICOI

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Craze Lines and Fractures

Posted on 12/23/2021 by Dr. Call
Craze Lines and FracturesCraze lines are superficial lines in the outer layer of the teeth enamel with minor vertical divisions. Hairline cracks or superficial cracks are two terms used to describe them. Craze lines do not affect physical health but might make you have less confidence and satisfaction with your smile. The lines may sometimes appear as stains especially to smokers and those who drink coffee often.


The craze lines that go deep are known as fractures and are dangerous for they might have bacterial biofilms. The dentist will take out fillings to see how deep the fractures have gone. If you have fractured it may be painful biting and this can alleviate and affect the pulp and even lead to tooth loss. Dental trauma is likely to cause the upper and lower jaw to hit together and fracture the tooth.

Symptoms of craze lines and fractures

The symptoms differ from one patient to the other, one may indicate symptoms and the other one might not. A crack that doesn't hurt with sensitivity after consumption of hot or cold foods doesn't show you have the symptoms; it is however important to point it out to the dentist.

How can dentists treat craze lines?

If you regularly visit the dentist, they will identify a craze line or a fracture early enough. The dentist will use imaging technology to detect any crack that is in your enamel, the dentist will also detect issues like dental caries and decays. If you suspect that a craze line is forming, see the dentist immediately so that it does not advance to a fracture. The fracture worsens and goes to the area below the gum line if it is treated with filling or crown the fracture leaks bacteria into the pulp and eventually, there is a bone loss so make sure to see the dentist immediately to avoid this oral health hazard.
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Jefferson Call, DMD and Dix Densley, DDS believe that the better informed their patients are, the better their decisions about dental care can be. With this blog, they hope to inform and empower our readers in their oral health. - See more
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