A cracked tooth is usually caused by trauma -- from biting down on something hard to receiving a blow to the face. Tooth decay can also weaken a tooth, eventually causing it to crack. Sometimes a cracked tooth may cause a toothache or jaw pain; other times it may lead to tooth sensitivity.
HOW IS CRACKED TEETH DIAGNOSED?
A cracked tooth due to injury requires immediate medical attention. The dentist will perform a physical examination along with details of the injury to diagnose the problem and cause. He may suggest X-ray for further detection of the problem.
HOW IS CRACKED TEETH TREATED?
Because of the high risk of pulp infection after the exposure of the pulp to the oral environment, a root canal procedure may need to be performed during the first visit. Alternatively, the dentist may elect to only apply a sedative dressing on the cracked tooth to help calm the tooth pain
DID YOU KNOW?
The causes may include injuries, accidents or a particularly hard bite on a tough nut or seed.