A cracked tooth is a serious dental issue that can leave your whole mouth vulnerable to decay, infection, and even tooth loss. Unfortunately, many people overlook or ignore the signs they may have a cracked tooth.
It is not uncommon for dental patients to learn they have a cracked tooth when they go in for a routine cleaning and exam. A crack in the tooth is often nothing more than a hairline fracture that occurs vertically in the tooth. You may not be able to see it, and it may not even be recognizable on an x-ray.
Early diagnosis is crucial in treating and saving a cracked tooth. Just another reason why making regular dental visits a priority. Your dentist or hygienist is often the first one to detect a crack in your tooth.
Signs & Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth:
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Infected pulp
- Portion of a crown is loose
- Tenderness around a tooth
- Sharp intense pain when chewing and relief once pressure is taken off the tooth. One of the most obvious symptoms of a cracked tooth is for there to be pain in the tooth when you bite down to chew. Yet once the teeth are separated and pressure is taken off the tooth, the pain will disappear.
- Constant tooth pain
- Sensitivity to sweet foods
- A visible line in the tooth
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please give us a call to set up an exam. We want to make sure you don’t lose your tooth.
In our next blog post, we’ll look at the causes and different types of cracked teeth.