If you grind or clench your teeth, or have large fillings, your teeth may have very small cracks that are too tiny to show up on x-rays. This is called “cracked tooth syndrome.” How does this problem start and what are its symptoms?
How Cracked Tooth Syndrome Starts
Simply chewing food exerts a lot of force on our teeth, especially on the molars. Additionally, specific problems, like uneven bite, teeth grinding, and jaw clenching put extra pressure on one or more teeth, leading to premature wear. The result can be microscopic cracks that get bigger over time. Teeth with restorations, fillings and root canal treatments are also more likely to crack, because they were once significantly weakened by decay.
Cracked Tooth Syndrome Symptoms
Symptoms related to the syndrome may come and go, but here are the most common indicators.
- It hurts to bite or chew.
- You experience tooth sensitivity, especially with cold foods or beverages.
- Breathing in cold air may hurt your tooth.
- You find a pimple-like bump or pus around the gumline of a tooth.
If you have these symptoms regularly, you need to see one of our Placerville dentists before the problem gets worse. We examine your teeth and discuss your symptoms and decide on the best course of treatment. Ignore the problem and the cracks in your teeth become bigger, weakening the affected tooth even more, leading to increased risk of breakage, infection and pain.
Treatment for Cracked Tooth Syndrome
The Placerville Dental Group always discusses the best course of treatment to meet your dental needs and budget. If you experience tooth sensitivity, especially in your back molars, tell us at your next dental appointment. Don’t have an appointment scheduled? Contact us today and take care of your tooth sensitivity to ensure continued dental health!