Cracked Tooth Syndrome
Cracked tooth syndrome happens when a tooth has a crack that is too small to show up on X-rays, or is beneath the gum and can be very challenging to identify. It appears most often on molars.
Cause of Cracked Tooth Syndrome
As with many conditions in the mouth, there’s no one reason for cracked tooth syndrome. However, some of the common causes include:
- People who grind or clench their teeth
- The way in which a person's teeth come together can put too much pressure on one tooth, causing the tooth to crack
- Teeth with large fillings
- Teeth that have undergone root canal treatment
Diagnosis of Cracked Tooth Syndrome
Many people who are suffering with cracked tooth syndrome have symptoms for months because it is one of the most difficult dental problems to diagnose.
Total oral examination, dental history, radiographs and the use of a fiber optic hand piece can assist in the identification of cracks. People with a history of a cracked tooth are more likely to have others, either at the same time or in the future.
Talk to your dentist about treatment if you grind or clench your teeth. Grinding can increase your risk of getting a cracked tooth syndrome.
Complications of Cracked Tooth Syndrome
If the crack gets bigger, a piece of the tooth may break off. There’s an increased risk of developing an infection in the gum around the fractured tooth.
You can also notice a pimple-like bump on the gum near the tooth, an abscess. If you notice this, please visit your dentist for an oral care evaluation.
Signs & Symptoms of Cracked Toot Syndrome
Most of the people experience cracked tooth syndrome as a pain or discomfort when biting into food, or when teeth are exposed to hot or cold temperatures. The pain or discomfort won’t be constant, as with a cavity.
Treatment of Cracked Tooth Syndrome
There are many treatment options including bonding, placing a crown, performing a root canal or in severe cases extraction. The kind of treatment your dentist advise will depend on the location and severity of the tooth fracture, so it's best to have an appointment as soon as you suspect that you may have a crack in your tooth.