Cracked Tooth Syndrome: What Is It?

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Has your dentist, Dr. Robert H. Watson, told you that you have cracked tooth syndrome? If so, that means you have a tooth enamel crack that is tough to see. This is often because it’s so small or it’s in an area that is hidden, like underneath the gums. Because of these things, the crack might not be able to be spotted on a dental X-ray or during an oral exam.

When you have cracked tooth syndrome, you experience pain when eating and biting into food, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, and discomfort when adding pressure to the tooth. The pain isn’t constant like a cavity. It will come and go throughout the day.

There are many things that could cause cracked tooth syndrome, like bruxism (teeth grinding), a misaligned bite or misaligned teeth, a large filling that is too big for the tooth, a root canal treatment, using your teeth as tools, and chewing on pens, pencils, and ice.

Your dentist can treat your cracked tooth with a dental bonding treatment, a dental crown restoration, a root canal treatment, or extraction (but only if the crack has severely compromised the health and function of the tooth). If you have a cracked tooth, it’s best to treat it as soon as possible so you can prevent it from spreading as well as avoid infection.

Call Robert H. Watson Jr. DDS, PA today at 704-523-7221 if you need to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions about cracked tooth syndrome in Charlotte, North Carolina. Our dental team looks forward to helping you!