If you’re getting pain when chewing, you may have cracked a tooth.
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What is Cracked Tooth Syndrome ?
Unlike teeth with obvious fractures, teeth with cracked tooth syndrome usually have fractures that are too small to be seen on X-rays. Sometimes the fracture is below the gum line, making it even more difficult to identify.
Cracked tooth syndrome more often occurs in molars. Eating hard foods such as nuts, may make you more susceptible to cracking a tooth.
People who grind or clench their teeth may also be more susceptible to cracked tooth syndrome because of the constant forces put on their teeth. Sometimes a person’s normal bite causes certain molar cusps (the highest points of the tooth) to exert so much pressure on the opposing tooth that it cracks. Actress Demi Moore revealed in a Tonight Show interview, that she lost front teeth due to stress and grinding her teeth. Actress Charlize Theron also cracked 2 teeth due to clenching her jaw so hard while filming.
Teeth with large fillings or teeth that have undergone root canal treatment are weaker than other teeth and may be more likely to crack. People with one cracked tooth are more likely to have others, either at the same time or in the future.
You may experience pain in the tooth when you bite or chew. However, it probably will not happen all the time. The tooth may be painful only when you eat certain foods or when you bite in a specific way. You will not feel a constant ache, as you would if you had a cavity or abscess, but the tooth may be more sensitive to cold temperatures. If the crack worsens, the tooth may become loose.
Many people with cracked tooth syndrome have symptoms for months, but it’s often difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are not consistent.
Diagnosis of cracked tooth syndrome is often difficult. X rays often do not show the crack.
How long symptoms last depends somewhat on how quickly a cracked tooth can be diagnosed. Even then, treatment may not always completely relieve the symptoms.
Grinding or clenching your teeth can increase your risk of cracked tooth syndrome. A mouth guard may be advisable.
Hard foods such nuts may cause a tooth to crack. Avoiding placing objects in the mouth such as trying to open bottles with your teeth.
Treatments for cracked tooth syndrome do not always completely relieve the symptoms.
Treatment depends on the location, direction and extent of the crack. Cracks vary from superficial ones in the outer layers of the tooth to deep splits in the root affecting the pulp (the centre of the tooth, which contains the tooth’s nerves). Treatment can vary and options may include filling, crown, root canal treatment or sometimes the tooth needs extraction. A consultation and examination is recommended in order to assess each individual situation so appropriate treatment options can be discussed.
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