Have you ever experienced random pain when biting on a biscuit or drinking iced tea? You may have a Cracked Tooth Syndrome.
This condition is fairly common among adults. It takes place on the biting surface of the tooth, and is often associated with an excruciating episode of biting on some hard food without any preceding factor.
How do you know you have cracked tooth?
The most common symptoms are pronounced sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages, or painful sensations when biting. Other signs include sharp pain when applying force on a certain tooth, which may worsen if this pressure is increased, and when grinding the teeth backward and forwards.
They are due to the flexing of the dentine and inflammation of the underlying nerve (pulp) as mouth bacteria go into the crack. If left untreated, these cracks can spread like an actual crack in the glass.
What factors contribute to the development of Cracked Tooth Syndrome?
Cracked Tooth Syndrome can be triggered by bad dental habits, such as clenching your jaw and eating the wrong kinds of food. Jaw clenching forces the teeth, specifically the back molars, to grind together; the abnormal pressure applied on the teeth’s surface can cause cracks to appear. Gnawing on hard food, such as bones and shellfish, can also cause enamel to weaken and eventually fracture the tooth.
What are the treatment options?
Our dentists will treat cracks depending on how far and how deep they have spread.
For cracks on the cusp of your teeth, they can be repaired with crowns. Those that have gone deep into the tooth and have reached the pulp may have to be treated with root canal therapy, with special consideration of securing the nerves and blood vessels.
For the most severe cases, where cracks have spread to the tooth’s root, our dentists may perform extraction and replace the tooth with a bridge or an implant.
If you experience any of the stated symptoms, contact Northlight Dental or visit our office so we can discuss your treatment today.