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Can tooth contouring / reshaping fix cracked teeth?

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Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not Really

Tooth recontouring and/or reshaping is done only to enhance esthetics.
For example, if one of your front teeth is too long, or has a rough endge, reshaping and polishing that will make it more attractive. Cracked and broken teeth can be fixed, but they will require different treatment. Your dentist can advise you about all your options, which are pretty amazing nowadays. All the best.

In brief: Not Really

Tooth recontouring and/or reshaping is done only to enhance esthetics.
For example, if one of your front teeth is too long, or has a rough endge, reshaping and polishing that will make it more attractive. Cracked and broken teeth can be fixed, but they will require different treatment. Your dentist can advise you about all your options, which are pretty amazing nowadays. All the best.
Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dr. Daniel Wolter
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not really

Contouring and reshaping usually eliminates minor faults and small chips in upper and lower front teeth and can give teeth a more youthful/more feminine or more masculine appearance.
Cracks that run internally in teeth cannot be eliminated by contouring and usually need some form of restoration like a filling, onlay or crown to protect the crack from moving further into the tooth.

In brief: Not really

Contouring and reshaping usually eliminates minor faults and small chips in upper and lower front teeth and can give teeth a more youthful/more feminine or more masculine appearance.
Cracks that run internally in teeth cannot be eliminated by contouring and usually need some form of restoration like a filling, onlay or crown to protect the crack from moving further into the tooth.
Dr. Willis Hardesty
Dr. Willis Hardesty
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Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Tooth shaping will not repair a crack in a tooth.
It may reduced the tooth so the cracked area no longer is traumatized. This can relieve symptoms associated with crack tooth syndrome. It can be maddening for both the dentist and the patient in deciding a treatment when pain from a cracked tooth is intermittent. Sometimes crowns are necessary as well as removing the nerve. Bacteria like cracks.

In brief: No

Tooth shaping will not repair a crack in a tooth.
It may reduced the tooth so the cracked area no longer is traumatized. This can relieve symptoms associated with crack tooth syndrome. It can be maddening for both the dentist and the patient in deciding a treatment when pain from a cracked tooth is intermittent. Sometimes crowns are necessary as well as removing the nerve. Bacteria like cracks.
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
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In brief: Depends

If the crack is minimal and horizontal rather than vertical, reshaping may delay the process.
The assessment would be best made by your dentist

In brief: Depends

If the crack is minimal and horizontal rather than vertical, reshaping may delay the process.
The assessment would be best made by your dentist
Dr. Charles Lockhart
Dr. Charles Lockhart
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