Dentist Marion, IA

Bioclear Overlay, A New Option For Cracked Teeth

Cracks in teeth are very common.

Sometimes a crack doesn’t harm a tooth at all, but other times they can be very harmful.

It can be challenging to predict which cracks will cause the most harm but here are the factors we look at:

  • Discolored and Wide
  • Hurts when chewing hard foods
  • Hurts to cold liquids

How soon do I have to treat the crack?

Deciding when to treat a cracked tooth is very personal.We are here to help you decide when the timing is right.

As a general rule the best time to treat a crack is before it starts to hurt. This is because cracked teeth with symptoms are much more likely to need a root canal, or even an

extraction, after treatment.

The traditional cracked tooth treatment

The first step in treating a cracked tooth used to be a crown. A crown procedure reduces the size of the tooth until it’s small enough to sit under a shell of porcelain that serves to hold the cracked sections of the tooth together.

Technology advancements in treating cracked teeth

As our technology has advanced, we can offer a procedure that doesn’t require so much reduction of your tooth called a Bioclear Overlay. Overlays are made from resin (like white fillings) and wrap around the sides of the tooth by using injection molding: securing the tooth from the inside and the outside.

Problems with cracked teeth

Cracked teeth can continue to hurt after being treated. Sometimes this can be remedied with a root canal. Other times the tooth needs to be removed. The best way to avoid this is to treat your cracked tooth as early as you can, before the crack has split the root.We have found over time that teeth treated with overlays are much less likely to have pain than crowned teeth.


What happens if I don’t treat my cracked tooth?

Left untreated, a harmful crack could cause pain, a broken tooth, swelling, an infection, or you could lose the tooth.

A dentist told me I need to get a crown for my cracks. Can I get a Bioclear Overlay instead?

Many teeth we would have previously crowned can now be treated with an overlay.

With a quick photo and x-ray we can tell you if your tooth is a candidate for an overlay instead of a crown

Will my dental benefit plan help pay for my overlay?

Overlays are not a covered benefit.