Mar 20, 2020
Cracked tooth syndrome is a dental condition that occurs when a fine crack develops on one of your teeth. This crack is usually so small that it is extremely difficult to spot using traditional diagnostic methods. The crack does not even show up on an X-ray. If the crack develops below the gum line, then it is even harder to spot. This condition is primarily caused by teeth grinding, large fillings or a crooked smile.
The most obvious sign that you are dealing with cracked tooth syndrome is regular pain and discomfort. This pain usually only occurs when trying to eat or drink. The act of chewing food places extra pressure on the crack, which creates a very painful sensation. The same thing will happen when drinking a very hot or cold beverage. The liquid seeps through the crack in the tooth and hits the nerve. Most people that suffer from cracked tooth syndrome will not experience constant pain throughout the day.
The only way to eliminate the pain felt when eating and drinking is by getting your cracked tooth properly treated. Since this condition is so hard to diagnose, you will likely have to undergo a series of tests at Yonge and 7 Dental, in Richmond Hill, in order to spot the problem. Once the condition is properly diagnosed, it is time to start the treatment process. The exact treatment used is determined based on the severity and location of the crack.
Minor cases of cracked tooth syndrome will be treated with a crown or bonding. Both of these treatment options will use a special ceramic or porcelain material to cover and seal the crack in the tooth. Once the crack is repaired, you will be able to return to your normal eating and drinking habits without experiencing any pain.
Severe cases of cracked tooth syndrome must be fixed using extraction and a dental implant is used to restore your smile. The implant procedure is performed several weeks after the extraction. If you've been experiencing tooth pain while eating or drinking, contact us today to book an appointment!