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What is cracked tooth syndrome?

Cracked tooth syndrome is a relatively unknown topic when it comes to oral health problems. Often overshadowed by other ailments such as gum disease, cavities and periodontitis. Cracked tooth syndrome can be very painful to experience, and is not something you can ignore. In this article, we will discuss how cracked tooth syndrome occurs, and how it can be treated.


Symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome

The symptoms involved with cracked tooth syndrome usually manifest themselves as an ‘on and off’ pain, occurring mostly during eating, or when the teeth are exposed to hot or cold temperatures. This is quite a dull aching pain, but does subside unlike in a cavity. However, the pain can flare up at any time, so it is important to not do anything that can make it worse.


What causes cracked tooth syndrome?

There are many factors that can be considered when dealing with cracked tooth syndrome, as is the case with many oral health problems. The most common causes seem to be:

  1. Grinding or clenching your teeth (Bruxism)
  2. Too much pressure placed on one tooth, causing it to crack
  3. Teeth with large fillings
  4. Teeth that have received root canal treatment


How is it diagnosed?

Cracked tooth syndrome is recognised as one of the hardest dental conditions to diagnose. This is due to the fact that it can be really hard to spot, often needing the assistance of a complete oral examination, dental records and radiographs to diagnose. This can leave many people in pain for a long time, so it is important to notify your dentist if you are experiencing any symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome.


How can I prevent it?

Preventing cracked tooth syndrome often comes down to stopping the grinding of your teeth. Whether this be through a mouth guard or different means, it is important to note that grinding your teeth can increase the risk of developing cracked tooth syndrome, as can having a cracked tooth previously.


How is cracked tooth syndrome treated?

There are many ways you can receive treatment for cracked tooth syndrome, such as:

  • Bonding
  • Root canal treatment
  • Crowns
  • Extraction

Which treatment your dentist offers you will depend on the location, extent and severity of the problem, so if you are suffering with any of the symptoms, it is best to book an immediate appointment to limit the damage that is being caused.

If you are suffering with any tooth pain, why not speak to us at Ascent Dental Care Solihull today, to see how we can help you!



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