Cracked Tooth | Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment Options

What is Cracked Tooth Syndrome?

Cracked Tooth Syndrome is a condition where a tooth has incompletely or completely cracked but no part of the tooth has yet broken off and missing. The crack is almost never visible on X-ray since the crack needs to line up in 3 dimensions with the X-ray beam. 

Cracked tooth: This is when a crack runs from the biting surface of the tooth down towards the root.

In addition, the symptoms vary so greatly from extreme pain to little pain and it makes it very difficult to diagnose.

FAQS about Cracked Tooth Dental Procedure

Symptoms

  • Sensitivity to temperature changes and upon biting (lasting a few seconds to several minutes)
  • Toothache upon biting and lasts a long time
  • Periodic (non-constant) pain – feeling normal at times.
  • Ongoing toothache that does not go away even with painkillers.

Causes

Types

  • Fractured Tooth Cusp
  • Treatable Cracked Tooth
  • Split Tooth
  • Vertical Root Fracture

Diagnostic Measures at Our Dental Office

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We can do several tests as following.

  • Cold/Hot test
  • Percussion and Palpation Test
  • Bite test with Bite stick
  • Pulp Test
  • Radiographs (x-rays)
  • Transillumination with special light

All of these measures can help us diagnose a crack tooth at our office and help you have the correct treatment.

Treatment Options

  • In minor cracks 

Onlays or Crowns recommended.

  • In Major Cracks with Nerves being irreversibly inflamed

Root canal therapy and crown are recommended, potentially extraction.

  • A complete fracture with infection ( could be with or without severe pain)

Extraction and Dental Implant Therapy is recommended. In addition, Dr. Oh recommends a night guard to protect the teeth from fracturing.

Treatment Options

Treatment Options for Cracked Tooth

  • In minor cracks 

Onlays or Crowns recommended.

  • In Major Cracks with Nerves being irreversibly inflamed

Root canal therapy and crown are recommended, potentially extraction.

  • A complete fracture with infection ( could be with or without severe pain)

Extraction and Dental Implant Therapy is recommended. In addition, Dr. Oh recommends a night guard to protect the teeth from fracturing.

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Dr. Oh and Dr. Estafan strongly believe that night guard usage can protect their patients from having cracked tooth syndrome, which we see so often.  If you suspect you are grinding your teeth or have a cracked tooth syndrome, please contact us.

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