Cracked Teeth: A Frustrating Phenomenon for Dentist and Patient


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Speaker: Luis Camilo Yepes, DDS, MS

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Credit Hours:  1.5

Subject Code: 077 – Cracked Tooth & Restorations

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The goal for this presentation is to review the diagnosis and treatment planning of longitudinal fractures, specifically cracked tooth and vertical fractures. Understand why this is a frustrating phenomenon for dentist and patients.  The diagnosis of cracked teeth has historically been symptom based. The dental operating microscope can fundamentally change a clinician’s ability to diagnose this condition. A cracked tooth presents complex symptoms characterized by sensitivity to certain biting pressures and, often, cold stimuli.  The diagnosis is extremely difficult, because the etiology is an incomplete, often minute fracture that is frequently hidden from view by a restoration or by the gingiva.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the variables that lead the clinician to suspect a cracked tooth.
  • Identify the steps for crack detection.
  • Dental assistants will be able to describe the different crack types.
  • Discuss the realities of the cracked tooth diagnosis and possible treatments.

Luis Camilo Yepes, DDS, MS

Assistant Professor University Of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio.

Dr. Luis Yepes graduated as a Dentist in 1995 followed by a certification in Endodontics in 1999 from the Pontifical Xaverian University in his home country, Colombia.

Dr. Yepes came to US in 2007 to complete a General Practice Residency program at the University of Kentucky for two years. In June 2009, Dr. Yepes started a Fellowship in Endodontics and General Dentistry at the University Of Kentucky College Of Dentistry, where he worked as an Instructor at the clinic and pre-clinic.

In 2012 Dr. Yepes started working as an Assistant clinical professor and now as a Program Director of the Advance Education General Dentistry and Module Director for the treatment planning at the comprehensive Dentistry department at University of Texas health Science Center San Antonio. Dr. Yepes is also involved in multiple teaching activities supporting undergraduate and graduate programs.  He is Board Of trustees of the Hispanic dental association since 2012.

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Until expiration or review.

Original Release Date

January 23, 2017

Expiration Date

January 23, 2020