Cracked Teeth are Tricky
A cracked tooth is difficult to detect as the fracture is not always visible to the naked eye. It can appear as a hairline, running vertically on the tooth, or may not be visible at all. On the other hand, a cracked tooth is painful, and if you have the following symptoms, you must seek immediate care at our clinic:
- Sharp pain if you chew on one side of the mouth
- Extreme sensitivity to hot or cold drinks or food
- Acute pain when biting on hard foods, such as nuts or crusted French bread
- The tooth, or part of the tooth, seems to be moving slightly
Left untreated, a cracked tooth will eventually break and it may not be possible to install a crown on it, resulting in tooth extraction.
Most Common Causes
Cracked teeth are caused by:
- Trauma – falling and hitting the tooth, or a blow to the jaw
- Chewing on hard objects or food (pencils, shelled nuts, ice cubes, hard candy, opening a beer or soda bottle with your teeth)
- Alternating hot and icy foods (eating a hot soup, immediately followed by a Popsicle)
- Teeth grinding or clenching during sleep
If you suspect that you have a cracked tooth, call us immediately. Timely dental care may save your tooth.