If you feel pain in your tooth when you bite down or chew, you might have cracked tooth syndrome. Our experienced cosmetic dentists can examine you to determine why you experience pain on biting down and provide you with pain relief.
What is cracked tooth syndrome?
Cracked tooth syndrome is a condition in which a crack extends through the dentin, which is the layer underneath the enamel and above the pulp. This condition most often occurs in lower molars, which endure the brunt of chewing. The crack may be microscopic and may not be visible to the naked eye.
Why does the crack occur?
Cracked tooth syndrome can be caused by a variety of factors, including wear and tear, grinding, clenching, or biting into a hard object.
What are the symptoms and risks of having cracked tooth syndrome?
Cracked tooth syndrome symptoms include cold sensitivity and not being to use the tooth for chewing. If not treated, this may result in nerve damage and in the crack spreading throughout the tooth structure.
What can I do until I see my dentist?
Until you are able to see the dentist, you should keep the area clean by rinsing with salt water and avoid chewing on the affected tooth. If you are in pain, you can also take an anti-inflammatory , unless you are allergic.
What will the emergency dentist do?
The dentist must determine the reason that you developed cracked tooth syndrome before recommending a course of action. The prognosis will depend on how far the crack has spread throughout the tooth and on whether or not the crack has reached the root. It may be necessary to adjust the bite in order to reduce pressure on the tooth.
Treatment Of Cracked Teeth:
1. Simple Crack: The majority of cracked teeth can be treated by placement of a simple crown (cap) on the tooth. When the tooth is prepared for the crown and a temporary restoration is placed, the pain usually leaves immediately.
2. Complex Crack: Occasionally the tooth cracks into the pulp (nerve) of the tooth. If pain persists after placement of the temporary crown, you may have a crack into the pulp of the affected tooth. Please call us. This tooth may require endodontics (root canal therapy) before the crown is placed.
Do you have a Cracked tooth?
We are a general and cosmetic dental Practice in Preston. If you have a broken or cracked tooth, please call our treatment Coordinator ;Yvonne on 01772-726932 to arrange for a dental emergency appointment.