Understanding and Managing Cracked Teeth

The Abou-Rass 3×3 classification of cracked teeth provides
clinicians with observable clinical criteria to diagnose and treat
the different types of tooth structure cracks commonly
encountered in dental patient care.

In 1964, Cameron introduced the cracked tooth syndrome diagnosis to the profession. In 2018, the problem is more serious than it was in 1964. In general, knowledge on the subject of cracked teeth remains limited. There is more to the subject of cracked teeth than what you were taught in dental school.

In clinical practice, teeth presenting with line, fissure, and fracture cracks may each demand unique treatment plans; not every cracked tooth should be extracted. General practitioners need this information and these skills to be able to best diagnose and educate their patients, and to treat or refer them to appropriate specialist when indicated.

This course offers Dr. Abou-Rass’s groundbreaking expertise and career-spanning insight into the role of tooth structure crack (TSC) in the modern dental practice. In this session, attendees will learn how undiagnosed or misdiagnosed tooth cracks can affect or complicate endodontic, periodontic, or restorative treatment outcomes.

Dr. Abou-Rass approaches the diagnosis and treatment of tooth structure cracks according to his own 3×3 tooth structure crack classification system (anatomic, clinical, pathologic), the clinical application of which is covered in depth in this course, and explains the guiding principles, clinical and biological rationales for his treatment approach’s philosophy.

In addition to methods for and the importance of ruling out cracks before treatment planning, along with updated information about the etiologic role of abusive restorations, Dr. Abou-Rass also addresses the role of endodontic and post placement procedures in causing tooth structure cracks.

Learning Objectives

Suggested Audience

General Practitioners

Suggested Format

Full Day, Partial Day, Keynote; Lecture and Demonstration