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Understanding Cracked Tooth Syndrome

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Have you ever experienced sudden and intense pain when chewing or biting down on something? If so, you may be suffering from cracked tooth syndrome. At Smiles for Health in Carlsbad, San Diego, we understand how frustrating and painful this condition can be, and we’re here to help you understand it better.

Cracked tooth syndrome occurs when a tooth has a small, hairline crack that extends from the chewing surface of the tooth down towards the root. This type of crack can be difficult to detect and may not show up on X-rays. The crack may cause the tooth to become sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, or cause sharp pain when biting or chewing.

There are several causes of cracked tooth syndrome, including:

  • Biting down on hard objects like ice, hard candy, or popcorn kernels
  • Teeth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
  • Trauma or injury to the tooth
  • Large fillings that weaken the tooth structure

If left untreated, a cracked tooth can lead to further damage or infection. That’s why it’s important to seek dental treatment as soon as you suspect that you may have cracked tooth syndrome.

Treatment for cracked tooth syndrome typically involves placing a dental crown over the damaged tooth to provide support and protection. In some cases, a root canal may be necessary to remove any damaged or infected tissue inside the tooth. In severe cases where the crack extends below the gum line, the tooth may need to be extracted.

Preventing cracked tooth syndrome is possible with some simple steps. Avoid biting down on hard objects and wear a mouthguard if you grind or clench your teeth at night. Regular dental checkups and cleanings can also help to detect and prevent cracks before they become a problem.

At Smiles for Health, we’re here to help you maintain a healthy and pain-free smile. If you suspect that you may be suffering from cracked tooth syndrome or any other dental problem, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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