A crack in the tooth usually appears from the top and works its way to the bottom of the tooth. It can be seen clearly in many cases. The symptoms usually involve pain while chewing buts and other hard ingredients, hot and cold sensitivity, inflammation, infection and decay.
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 treatment for cracked tooth is based on the severity of the crack. The other treatments for cracked tooth are tooth filling, root canal, dental filling, dental surgery and cosmetic surgery
DID YOU KNOW?
In many cases, cracked tooth are caused due to decay and plaque. It is most common in children and it may not require any treatment however in some cases it may cause permanent damage.