DO YOU EVER HAVE SHARP PAIN when you bite down? Maybe the pain immediately goes away when you stop chewing. Today Comfort Dental would like to spend some time talking about what might be causing this unpleasant sharp dental pain…Cracked Tooth Syndrome.
Let’s start with the FACT: Teeth have cracks – it’s the “Craze Lines” you don’t have to be concerned with. More troublesome cracks provide our main focus here.
Some teeth have cracks that do cause pain. Just to make things more challenging, sometimes these cracks are too small to show up on X-rays and can sometimes be under the gum. If the crack is visible, it is usually seen as a vertical hairline crack. These small, painful cracks are known as “cracked tooth syndrome.”
The Cracks You Can See Looking in the Mirror
Don’t be confused – Most adults have craze lines and they cause little concern because they only affect the outer enamel of the tooth and are painless.
PAIN CAN BE UNPREDICTIBLE
Many people with cracked tooth syndrome have symptoms for months. Cracked tooth syndrome can also be a challenge to diagnose because the pain is not always predictable. It is most common in lower back teeth (molars) because these teeth absorb most of the forces of chewing.
WHAT CAN CAUSE THE TOOTH TO BECOME CRACKED?
PREVENTING PAINFUL CRACKS
If you grind or clench your teeth, let us know. Grinding, or bruxism, can definitely increase your risk of cracked tooth syndrome.
Comfort Dental can make you a night guard, also called a bite splint, to alleviate the potential tooth damage from grinding your teeth. This will relieve the pain from grinding. For some people it can stop tooth sensitivity. The night guard can be worn during sleep. It also can be worn at other times, if clenching or grinding happens during waking hours as well.
COMFORT DENTAL CAN HELP
If you experience symptoms of Cracked Tooth Syndrome, Dr. Randall Brucken and Dr. Lawrence Stubbs will examine your mouth and teeth, focusing on the tooth in question. We may use an instrument called an explorer to feel for cracks in the tooth, as well as see if the crack shows up on an X-ray.
Treatment depends on the size of the crack and the ability to remove the problem causing the crack.
We hope this information was helpful, and please let us know if you have additional questions. Comfort Dental is here in Lafayette to provide extraordinary dental care in an inspiring atmosphere – with a caring staff!