Cracked tooth

How do you know if you have a cracked tooth?

Any part of a tooth can be cracked. The crack may be visible, though this is not always the case.If a person experiences pain when chewing food, or if teeth suddenly become sensitive to hot and cold, one tooth may be a cracked. Any pain associated with a cracked tooth tends to come and go. This can make it more challenging for a dentist to locate the crack, especially if it is very small. Anyone who suspects that they have a cracked tooth should make an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible. Leaving a cracked tooth untreated may lead to more problems, pain, and discomfort over time..

Tooth cracks are more common in people over the age of 40, and women develop them more often than men.

What are the symptoms?

When left untreated, a cracked tooth can lead to further pain and discomfort. A cracked tooth will not necessarily cause any symptoms. People often have cracked teeth without even realizing it. Some types of cracks are harmless and do not require treatment.However, if a person notices the following symptoms, they may have a more extensive type of crack that requires dental treatment:

    pain when eating, particularly when chewing or biting
    swollen gums around the cracked tooth
    teeth that have suddenly become sensitive to sweetness
    teeth that have suddenly become sensitive to hot or cold foods
    pain that tends to come and go
    discomfort around the teeth and gums that is hard to pinpoint

What might cause teeth to crack?

There are many different reasons why teeth can crack.
Causes of a cracked tooth include:

biting down too hard on a piece of food
excessive grinding of the teeth
physical injury
large existing filling, which can weaken the remaining tooth structure A sudden temperature change can also crack a tooth. For example, this could happen if a person burns their mouth while drinking tea, then drinks a glass of cold water to soothe the pain.

How are cracked teeth diagnosed?

We will examine a person's tooth before making a diagnosis. A cracked tooth is not always simple to diagnose. If the crack is not visible, we will try to make a diagnosis by asking patient about their dental history and symptoms they are having. we may also use a pointed instrument called a dental explorer, which catches on any rough, cracked edges on the teeth's surface.

During the examination, we will check the gums for signs of inflammation because cracks in teeth tend to irritate the gums. we may also ask the person to bite down on something, to try and pinpoint the source of the pain.

We may take an X-ray of the teeth. X-rays do not always show where cracks have formed, but they can reveal problems in the pulp of the teeth. If the pulp of a tooth appears to be unhealthy, this can suggest a crack.

Treatment options

We may use a crown to cover a cracked tooth. The best treatment depends on the location of the crack and the extent of the damage. If a crack is tiny and causes no discomfort, no treatment may be necessary.

Treatments for cracked teeth includes:
gluing on the chipped or broken part of a tooth
repairing the crack with plastic resin, in a process called bonding
using a filling
using a crown, which is a cap that entirely covers the cracked tooth
In the most severe cases, when a crack has penetrated the pulp of the tooth, root canal treatment may be necessary. If a tooth is badly cracked, a dentist may remove it altogether.

If a tooth with a filling becomes cracked, we may need to remove the filling to examine the damage more thoroughly.

Cracked teeth can cause complications, particularly if they are left untreated. For example, an infection may occur. Signs of infection include:

increased pain
swelling of the gums
increased sensitivity to hot and cold
bad breath
sore neck glands
If the event of infection, pus may need to be drained, and a person may need to take antibiotics.

How can cracked teeth be prevented?

Cracked teeth are not always preventable, but a few strategies can help. These include:

avoiding foods that are hard to chew, such as ice and unpopped popcorn kernels
putting an end to habits that may damage the teeth, such as grinding or biting on pens (use of night guards to prevent damage )click here for more information on night grinding
trying not to clench the teeth
wearing a mouthguard to protect the teeth while playing sports