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What is cracked teeth syndrome?
Cracked teeth syndrome is where a crack appears in the tooth which is very hard to identify, even on x-rays. They are most commonly found on your molar teeth as these teeth take on the most pressure.
The symptoms of a cracked tooth include pain when eating or biting food or extreme sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. This pain is not constant but more targeted on the cracked tooth when eating or biting.
Having a cracked tooth can lead to nerve damage which causes a lot of pain and discomfort. It can cause problems with getting infected as the tooth is open and weakened.
What causes teeth to crack?
It is hard to pinpoint the causes of teeth cracking as most of the time there is no explanation or definite cause. Common suggestions to why teeth cracking occurs are:
- Grinding or clenching the teeth
- Teeth that have large fillings
- Teeth that have had root canal treatment
- Alignment or bite problems leading to too much pressure on one tooth
Your dentist can help you with preventions to teeth cracks, such as mouth guards or dental splints for grinding teeth.
Can cracked teeth heal themselves?
If a tooth has a crack then treatment is needed to prevent any further damage to the tooth or gums. If the crack in the tooth gets bigger there is a possibility that an infection in the tooth or the gum can develop as the tooth has been opened. An examination needs to be carried out by a dentist.
What do I do if I think I have a crack in my tooth?
Most people do not even notice they have a crack in their tooth. This makes it more difficult to diagnose the dental problem. Regular trips to the dentist can help to diagnose this problem as they will be able to examine and carry out tests to check for cracked teeth.
Any questions or concerns about teeth cracks can be answered by your dentist.
What is the treatment for cracked teeth?
There are a variety of options for cracked teeth such as placing a crown on the tooth, performing a root canal or bonding the tooth. In the worse cases, the tooth may need to be extracted if it cannot be fixed.
The treatment you receive will be dependent on your individual situation, such as the location of the cracked tooth and the severity of the crack. This is why it is important to visit your dentist if you think you have a crack in a tooth.
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