My dentist said I have a long vertical minor cracks in the two front teeth one internal and the other external, you can see them only under strong light, but started to cause me a little bit of constant pain. He said the teeth are very strong and look excellent, and he left me the choice to do a root treatment and a crown, or Porcelain Veneers which may not relieve the pain. Can you advise me of the recommended long lasting treatment without damaging the teeth. As I said the two teeth are strong and look great except the little bit of pain. I’m really puzzled and need your help.
Bashar from Jordan
We see little minor superficial cracks in teeth all the time. We call them craze lines, and they’re usually just in the enamel. Unless they get stained and begin to affect the appearance of the teeth, there is really no need for any treatment. They don’t seem to have any relationship to teeth breaking.
As far as the pain in your teeth, I wouldn’t be able to tell what is causing that without an exam, but I can give you some advice. I think unless the pain is significant and you know for sure what is causing it, I wouldn’t do anything. It could be cold air causing it, it could be a sensitive root. It could be that you have some type of bite discrepancy. It could be sinus problems. It could be nothing at all. Don’t rush into treatment – that’s my advice.