Cracked Tooth Syndrome
CRACKED TOOTH SYNDROME
You may have a very commonly occurring problem in one of your teeth.
Teeth may crack when subjected to stress of chewing hard foods or ice, or by biting on an unexpected hard object. Teeth with or without fillings may exhibit this problem, but teeth restored with typical silver alloy restorations are more susceptible.
SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS ARE SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
1. Pain to chewing.
2. Pain to cold air application.
3. Sensitivity to sugar or sweets.
4. No radiographic evidence of problem.
5. No dental decay present.
6. Easy verification of crack when tooth is prepared for restoration.
TREATMENT OF CRACKED TEETH:
SIMPLE CRACK: The majority of cracked teeth (about 9 out of 10) can be treated by placement of a simple crown (cap) on the tooth., When the tooth is prepared for the crown, and a temporary crown is placed the pain usually leaves immediately. IF THIS IS THE CASE WITH YOUR TOOTH: WE WILL PLACE THE FINAL CROWN WITHOUT A PROBLEM ON YOUR NEXT APPOINTMENT AND THE CONDITION SHOULD BE RESOLVED.
COMPLEX CRACK: Occasionally (about 1 in 10) the crack has reached the pulp (nerve) of the tooth. IF THE 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. This requires about two appointments before the crown is placed.