What do you mean my tooth is cracked?

Have you ever or do you have recurring sensitivity or pain in a tooth? Does one drink of sweet, iced tea send you through the roof?

Cracked tooth syndrome is caused by an incomplete crack or fracture in a tooth. The symptoms of a cracked tooth include:

  • You chew on one side of your mouth because it is uncomfortable to chew on the other side.
  • Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, sweet or sour foods
  • You feel a sharp pain when you chew
  • The pain is occasional rather than constant

There are many reasons you can get a cracked tooth. Clenching and grinding put tremendous stress on your teeth and may cause a fracture. Large fillings can cause the tooth to weaken and fracture. Habits such as chewing on ice, pens and pencils, popcorn kernels, and hard candy can all cause fractures. An accident or injury can also cause cracks and fractures.

Dr. Alouf diagnoses cracked tooth syndrome with x-rays and bite analysis to isolate the problem. Once he has identified the fractured area, Dr. Alouf will determine the best treatment option for your tooth. If the crack affects the outer layer of your tooth we can remove the fractured portion and place a crown to protect the tooth from breaking further. If the crack has reached the nerve, a root canal may be necessary. Sometimes the fracture extends down the tooth and into the jaw which means the tooth can not be saved. We must remove it and look at replacement options such as an implant.

Early diagnosis can help save most cracked teeth. At you regular dental exams, Dr. Alouf or your hygienist may note fractures on your teeth. This helps you be proactive in preventing more costly and possible tooth loss. Let us help you if have any symptoms of a cracked tooth.