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Think Your Tooth is Cracked?

Date: 

10/22/2014

If so, it’s probably fixable. We’ll talk about that, and then about preventing cracks from starting. Okay, first, what are your symptoms? Sharp pain when chewing or drinking; pain that comes and goes, and with temperature extremes? Feels like something is stuck between your teeth?

Any and all of these signal a cracked tooth. You may not be able to tell which tooth hurts! Cracks sometimes are invisible to the eye and can be missed in X-rays. Since there are several kinds of cracked teeth, treatment depends on the type. But early diagnosis is key to saving the tooth. See a dentist before it gets worse; preferably an endodontist like me.

If the crack has extended to the pulp inside the tooth, it can be nicely repaired with a root canal procedure. But if the crack goes below the gum line the tooth needs to be extracted and replaced.

Teeth crack from chewing on hard objects, from grinding and clenching, from uneven chewing pressure, from loss of tooth structure due to wear, large fillings or other restorations, and from trauma and accidents, of course. Once treated, cracked teeth usually function and look good for years to come.

If you haven’t cracked your smile yet, or are trying not to do it again, here are some prevention tips – most of them resemble common sense: don’t chew on hard objects such as ice, pens, unpopped corn or bottle caps. If you clench or grind your teeth while you sleep, talk to your dentist about getting a retainer or mouthguard to protect them. If you play contact sports, invest in a mask or mouthguard.

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