Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Signs you may have a cracked tooth


  • Sharp pain while chewing or biting down. It may quickly disappear or linger for several minutes.
  • Pain that comes and goes
  • Pain when drinking something hot or cold
  • Sensing that something is stuck between your teeth.


Why does a cracked tooth hurt?
When the crack opens, the pulp inside the tooth becomes irritated. If the crack extends into the pulp,the tooth becomes painful/sensitive to heat, cold and pressure.


The types of treatment for a cracked tooth include the following:


  • No treatment on the cracked tooth right away. Wearing a nightguard would prevent grinding at night and crack the tooth even further.
  • Repairing the tooth with a filling
  • Placing a crown on the tooth to protect it from further damage
  • Endodontic (root canal) therapy if the nerves of the tooth are infected.
  • Removing the tooth if it is severely cracked and cannot be saved.




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