What Is Cracked Tooth Syndrome?
Do you often feel a sharp pain in one of your teeth when you are biting
down on something? Do you experience sensitivity in a tooth when eating
sweets? You may have a very commonly occurring problem known as “cracked
The enamel of our teeth is one of the hardest substances known to man.
Dentists have use diamonds when drilling out the decay from cavities because
they are the only material hard enough to cut through our teeth. However,
when subjected to the stress of chewing hard foods or ice, or biting on
an unexpected hard object, a tooth can crack. This can happen to teeth
with or without existing fillings in them, but as it turns out, teeth
restored with amalgam, or silver, fillings are the most susceptible.
It has been discovered clinically that over time, the silver amalgam fillings
we have in our teeth expand and contract as they encounter hot and cold.
Over time, this can cause cracks in your teeth, which once big enough,
can cause pain and discomfort when chewing.
Someone suffering from cracked tooth syndrome can experience one or more
of the following symptoms:
- Pain when chewing or biting down
- Pain when cold air hits the affected tooth
- Pain when eating sweets (caused by sugar leaking into the crack)
- No decay present on X-rays
- Visual verification of the crack when using an intra-oral camera
When someone has a cracked tooth, the only way to restore it is by placing
a crown. The majority of cracked teeth can be treated this way. Once a
crown is placed, the symptoms and pain disappear immediately.
Occasionally, in about one of every ten cases, the crack has progressed
into the nerve or pulp chamber of the tooth. This results in a fractured
root, which is typically unrestorable and will require extraction of the
tooth. Sometimes a root canal can solve the problem, but if the crack
goes very deep into the root, the tooth cannot be saved.
If you believe you may have a cracked tooth, contact us at the Szikman
Dental Group today. We can help! Our office places all-porcelain crowns
in one visit, which saves time and results in a highly aesthetic appearance
with no metal at all. We have treated hundreds of patients with cracked
tooth syndrome and have helped to resolve their pain. Contact our Atlanta
dentists at The Szikman Dental Group, P.C. today!