Cracked Teeth is a condition in which the tooth develops a crack. Cracked teeth occur when you bite hard into anything or due to trauma or due to tooth decay. Cracked tooth usually is not very painful, unless you have been in an accident. Symptoms of cracked tooth are an erratic pain when chewing, or pain when exposed to extremes of temperature.
HOW IS CRACKED TEETH DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosing CTS has been a challenge to dental practitioners and is a source of frustration for both the dentist and the patient. Identification can be difficult because the discomfort or pain can mimic that arising from other pathologies, such as sinusitis, temporomandibular joint disorders, headaches, ear pain, or atypical orofacial pain. Thus, diagnosis can be time-consuming and represents a clinical challenge. Early diagnosis is paramount as restorative intervention can limit propagation of the fracture, subsequent microleakage, and involvement of the pulpal or periodontal tissues, or catastrophic failure of the cusp. The ease of diagnosis varies according to the position and extent of the fracture. Mandibular second molars, followed by mandibular first molars and maxillary premolars are the most commonly affected teeth. The tooth often has an extensive intracoronal restoration. The pain may sometimes occur following dental treatments, such as cementation of an inlay, which may be erroneously diagnosed as interferences or high spots on the new restoration. Recurrent debonding of cemented intracoronal restorations such as inlays may indicate the presence of underlying cracks.
HOW IS CRACKED TEETH TREATED?
The dentist may make use of full restoration of the tooth with onlay or a crown molding so as to treat the condition and help you chew your food without pain. The tooth may also have to be extracted in some cases to protect the cusp and prevent decay.
DID YOU KNOW?
The dentistry procedure may have a solution but it’s best to have a healthy diet and take good care of your teeth to prevent them from chipping and cracking naturally.