When it comes to issues and damage to the teeth, any sign of discomfort or concern should not be ignored. When it comes to a cracked tooth, there are a variety of symptoms that present themselves. It is important that you recognize the symptoms of a cracked tooth so that you can receive the proper dental care that you need in the appropriate time frame. Cracked teeth that are not treated promptly can lead to irreversible damage and extreme pain.
A cracked tooth hurts because the pressure of biting causes the crack to open with each bite. A sharp pain is typically felt when pressure is taken off of the tooth as the crack closes. Cracks in the teeth hurt because they reach down into the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is the soft tissue that houses the tooth’s sensitive nerves and blood vessels, keeping it alive inside the mouth. When a crack irritates the pulp of the tooth, extreme, sharp pain is felt every time the pulp is affected.
Symptoms of a cracked tooth include:
- Pain when biting down or chewing food
- A tiny vertical line running down the tooth
- Extreme tooth sensitivity when the tooth is exposed to temperature changes
- Pain that comes and goes with pressure and release
The most common causes of a cracked tooth are:
- Chewing ice or hard candy
- Trauma to the mouth
- Grinding the teeth
- Clenching the jaw
- Uneven chewing pressure
- Brittleness of teeth
At Group Health Dental we are here to help all of our patients with any of their dental concerns. A cracked tooth should never be ignored because the longer the issue is allowed to fester, the more susceptible the tooth is to infection and serious tooth decay. If you have any symptoms of a cracked tooth, please contact our practice today for the next available appointment. We are here for you.