Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Posted By The Szikman Dental Group, P.C. || 27-May-2014

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 tooth syndrome”.

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!

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