Do you have unexplained tooth pain or sensitivity? If so, you may be suffering from cracked tooth syndrome. This is a condition that can cause a great deal of discomfort, and it is important to seek treatment from a dentist if you think you may have it. In this blog post, we will discuss what cracked tooth syndrome is, how to know if you have it, and the various causes and treatments for it. We hope this information helps you get the relief you need!
What is Cracked Tooth Syndrome?
Like its name suggests, cracked tooth syndrome is a condition that can occur when there is a small crack in your tooth. The crack may be small and not visible to the naked eye, but it can still cause pain or sensitivity. Oftentimes, cracked tooth syndrome causes pain when biting into food, as well as tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Unlike dental cavities, however, this pain is not constant and generally only occurs when biting or exposed to temperature changes. If you have any of these symptoms, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. They will be able to diagnose your condition and recommend the best course of treatment.
What causes cracked tooth syndrome?
Anytime there is a crack in the tooth, you may experience symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome. Cracks in the teeth can occur for many reasons, including:
- chewing on hard objects
- using your teeth as tools (such as opening bottles)
- grinding your teeth
- trauma to the mouth
- large fillings that need to be replaced
- uneven bite may place excess strain on one tooth
There are several things you can do to help prevent cracked tooth syndrome, such as not chewing on hard objects, using your teeth only to chew food, not grinding your teeth and/or getting a mouthguard, see your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, and being sure to maintain good oral hygiene.
How is cracked tooth syndrome diagnosed and treated?
If you are experiencing pain or sensitivity in your teeth, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. They will be able to diagnose your condition and recommend the best course of treatment. There are a few ways that dentists can diagnose cracked tooth syndrome.
Oftentimes, they will begin by performing an oral examination of your teeth and bite. They will look for signs of visible cracks and check each tooth for signs of tooth sensitivity. It is also common for them to perform dental x-rays in order to get a better look in between teeth, under the gums, and other places that cannot be immediately seen. Dental x-rays can also be used to detect extremely small cracks that may not be visible.
After diagnosis, the best course of treatment will be determined. The best treatment is often determined by the size, location, and severity of the crack. In some cases, no treatment may be necessary if the crack is small and not causing any pain. If the crack is larger or causing discomfort, however, there are a few different options available.
Dental bonding involves using a tooth-colored resin to fill in the crack. The resin is matched to the color of your existing teeth and then hardened with a special light. This can be used to treat small, superficial cracks.
One common treatment option is to have a dental crown placed over the cracked tooth. This will help to protect the tooth from further damage and can also help to alleviate any pain or sensitivity.
In some cases, a root canal may be necessary if the crack has reached the pulp of the tooth. This will help to save the tooth and prevent any further damage.
In severe cases, the tooth may be too damaged to save and will need to be extracted. This is rare and is usually only done as a last resort.
No matter what treatment is recommended, it is important to get it done as soon as possible to avoid further pain or damage to your tooth. Untreated cracks can continue to grow and can eventually cause pieces of the tooth to break off. Teeth with untreated fractures are also more susceptible to infection and gum abscesses.
In this blog post, we have discussed what cracked tooth syndrome is and how to know if you have it. We have also gone over the various causes of cracked tooth syndrome and how to prevent it. Finally, we have discussed how cracked tooth syndrome is diagnosed and treated by dentists.
We hope this information has been helpful in understanding cracked tooth syndrome. If you think you may have this condition, please see a dentist as soon as possible. They will be able to help you get the relief you need! Thank you for reading.
Dr. Alina Huang has been practicing dentistry in Manhattan for the last eight years. She was born in New York City, and raised in California where she received her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and her D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She then made her return to NYC where she completed her General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and has been working in private practice ever since. She continues her learning by attending courses to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry and refine her skills.