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Understanding Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Posted on 9/10/2019 by Thomas Mahar
Understanding Cracked Tooth SyndromeCracked tooth syndrome is a very common occurrence that we see in our office. It is when a tooth has cracked incompletely, meaning no part of the tooth has broken off, and so the tooth appears whole. This is generally caused by some type of trauma and is very painful.

How To Know If You Cracked Your Tooth

If you have recently had some sort of trauma to your jaw, mouth or face, and you are experiencing tooth pain, it is very likely that you have cracked tooth syndrome. While it can only be treated by one of our professional staff members, you can sometimes tell if your tooth is indeed cracked. If you are experiencing tooth pain when you chew or eat, you may have a cracked tooth.

Depending on the severity of the crack, it may only be diagnosed by an x-ray, a physical examination, and in cases where we still cannot determine if there is a crack, we have a special dye test that we administer to see if the crack becomes visible.

Just because a tooth is cracked does not necessarily mean that you need to have it extracted. As a matter of fact, unless it is severe, we usually treat cracked tooth syndrome by simply observing it at first, and then applying a crown if it is needed. More severe cracks may require a root canal and in some cases, extraction, however, we try to avoid that if at all possible.

Having a cracked tooth can closely mimic other tooth problems, so if you are experiencing any kind of tooth pain, please call our office right away and schedule an exam. We are here to help you and we do not want you to live with any kind of oral discomfort. Call us today with any concerns you may have.

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