Cracked Tooth Syndrome
Dentist in Silver Spring MD
Does your tooth hurt when you bite down? Or does it hurt after you let go of the bite? This condition could be associated with a tooth that is cracked, a condition also known as Cracked Tooth Syndrome.
A crack in a tooth can be a small hair line fracture or a large fracture when piece of the tooth, usually a cusp, literally fractures off. The small hairline fractures are very difficult to diagnose and most often there is no radiographic evidence of it. The symptoms are usually the indicative sign of a fracture assuming there is no visible or detectable cavity on the tooth. The affected tooth can become temperature sensitive and force you to avoid chewing on the affected side all together. What happens is that when you bite down or let go of the bite, the fractured part of the tooth flexes and you perceive this as a toothache or pain.
The treatment of choice for a cracked tooth is a Crown. A crown essentially holds the tooth together and decreases the chances of the crack from propagating further. If left untreated and chewing continues on the affected tooth, the crack/fracture may continue to propagate further into the tooth, reaching the nerve of the tooth. Once this happens, a root canal will be needed. If it propagates even further, tooth loss may occur.
Identifying the cause of cracks/fractures are very important in the overall treatment. Diets consisting of hard and crunchy foods are usually the culprit. Hard and Crunchy foods should be avoided, especially if you have very large fillings; Fillings naturally weaken the tooth. Large fillings often compromise the tooth structure and cusps of teeth and leave the tooth more susceptible to cracks/fractures. In some cases a crown may be recommended before the fracture/crack occurs. Clenching and grinding habits also contribute to cracks and fractures, a night guard is strongly recommended to decrease the damage done to teeth (and also the TMJ).
If you would like to discuss this topic futher, make an Appointment with Dr. Nima Raoufinia in Silver Spring Maryland.
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