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Cracked Tooth Syndrome: What Is It?

Posted on 2/27/2016 by Raymond Liu
A woman suffering from painful cracked teeth. Do your teeth hurt when you chew or bite? You could be living with cracked tooth syndrome, and to get relief for your discomfort, you'll need to visit your dentist.

Cracked Tooth Syndrome Basics

Cracked tooth syndrome involves small cracks on the teeth that are so tiny they fail to even show up on X-rays. In some cases, they might even be under the gums.

This condition most commonly affects the molars, as these are the teeth that will absorb the brunt of the force when you chew. If you clench or grind your teeth, you will be more likely to develop this condition.

Signs of Cracked Tooth Syndrome

People with cracked tooth syndrome will experience pain when biting and chewing, and it may only hurt when they eat certain food items. It typically won't be a constant ache like you would feel if you had an abscess or a cavity. The teeth also tend to be more sensitive to temperature extremes, especially cold.

Symptoms of cracked syndrome generally last for months, and it is one of the hardest problems for your dentist to diagnose. In many cases, the crack in the tooth will eventually become larger, making it easier to treat. When this occurs, a portion of the tooth could break off and an infection may develop.

Treating Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Treatment for cracked tooth syndrome will depend on the depth, size, and location of the crack, and unfortunately, symptoms aren't always relieved with treatment. At times, a crack will affect more than one cusp of the tooth, and when this occurs, a crown may be put into place.

In other cases, the crack could affect the pulp, and root canal treatment will be needed to correct the problem. In fact, about 20% of all teeth that experience cracked tooth syndrome do end up undergoing root canal therapy.

If you suspect that you might have cracked tooth syndrome, contact our office to set up an appointment.
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