Why Do Teeth Crack?

Mar 29th, 2012 | By | Category: General Dentistry, More dental news

cracked toothDo you experience tooth pain that comes and goes? Does the pain only occur when you bite or chew? Does it persist even though there are no obvious signs of trauma or decay? If so, you may have a cracked tooth, also known as cracked tooth syndrome.

What is a cracked tooth?

Cracked tooth syndrome is a crack in your tooth that is often so small that you cannot see it with the naked eye, and it may not even show up on X-ray. If the crack extends beyond the tooth enamel and into the dentin and pulp, you will experience pain when pressure is applied to the tooth, as the crack involves sensitive nerve tissue.  

What causes cracked teeth?

Cracked teeth can be caused by dental treatments, such as large fillings or root canals, that weaken the tooth structure. They can also be caused by untreated tooth decay, trauma to a tooth, hard foods, or teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism).

How are cracked teeth diagnosed?

Dr. Moiceanu will inspect your teeth and take X-rays to determine the cause of your tooth pain. However, since these methods often do not detect hairline cracks in the teeth, he will also test one tooth at a time by having you bite on a special tool. If you experience pain when you bite with a certain tooth, then you likely have a crack in it.

How are cracked teeth treated?

Some cracked teeth can be repaired using restorative materials such as fillings and crowns. You may require a root canal if the crack has extended into the tooth pulp and affected the nerves. If the crack has extended below the gum line, Dr. Moiceanu will determine if restorative procedures can save your tooth or if you need an extraction.

If you suspect you have a cracked tooth, call Dr. Moiceanu today at (510) 758-7222 to schedule an appointment. Hilltop Family Dental happily treats patients in Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.

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