Do you have unexplained tooth pain or sensitivity? You may have cracked tooth syndrome. This condition is caused by a variety of factors, and can be very painful. If you think you may have cracked tooth syndrome, it is important to see a dentist right away for diagnosis and treatment. In this blog post, we will discuss what cracked tooth syndrome is, how to know if you have it, and how it is treated by dentists.
What is Cracked Tooth Syndrome?
Cracked tooth syndrome is a condition in which a tooth cracks, usually due to external forces. The crack may be small and barely visible, or it may be large and extend through the entire tooth. Cracks can occur on the chewing surface of the tooth, or they can occur on the root of the tooth. Cracked teeth are often painful, and can cause sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
There are many factors that can contribute to cracked tooth syndrome. Chewing on hard objects, such as ice or candy, can put too much force on your teeth and cause them to crack. Grinding your teeth can also put too much pressure on your teeth and cause them to crack. Finally, using your teeth as tools can also lead to cracked tooth syndrome.
How is Cracked Tooth Syndrome treated by dentists?
If you have unexplained tooth pain or sensitivity, you may have cracked tooth syndrome. If you suspect that you have this condition, it is important to see a dentist right away for diagnosis and treatment. To diagnose cracked tooth syndrome, your dentist will likely perform a physical examination and take x-rays of your teeth to determine the location and extent of the crack. While this is the most common way to diagnose this condition, there are a variety of ways that dentists can diagnose cracked tooth syndrome.
The first step in treating this condition is to figure out the cause of the crack. Then they may recommend one of the following treatment options:
If the crack is small and does not extend through the entire tooth, your dentist may simply smooth it out and cover it with composite resin. This is a quick and easy procedure that can be done in one office visit.
If the crack is large and extends through the entire tooth, your dentist may recommend a crown. A crown is a cap that is placed over the entire tooth to protect it from further damage. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, such as porcelain, ceramic, or metal.
Root Canal Therapy
If the crack extends into the root of the tooth, your dentist may recommend root canal therapy. This treatment option involves removing the damaged tissue from inside the tooth and filling it with a special material. Root canal therapy can help to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted.
In some cases, the crack may be so large that the tooth needs to be extracted. This is usually only recommended if other treatment options are not possible or have failed.
In this blog post, we have discussed what cracked tooth syndrome is, how to know if you have it, and how it is treated by dentists. If you suspect that you may have this condition, it is important to see a dentist right away for diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Admar holds dual certificates — a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2010 from India and a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2014 from Canada. He is now a full time practicing dentist in Kamloops where he provides a variety of services, including emergency dentistry. Dr. Admar spends hundreds of hours in continued dental education to stay up to date in cosmetic and implant dentistry and he has achieved several advanced qualifications.