cracked tooth

Possible Outcomes of a Cracked Tooth

A crack in a tooth can be so minor as to be invisible; you may not even realise it happened. This is why it’s best to see your dentist every six months, to catch these problems before they before serious complications.

As the crack widens and spreads, bacteria can enter the inner tooth pulp and cause:

  • Cavities
  • Root and nerve damage
  • Possible tooth loss

While cracked teeth aren’t always a dental emergency, they should never be ignored. Any indication of a possible crack — such as tooth sensitivity or toothache — should be discussed with your dentist sooner rather than later. 


Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.