Detecting and Treating a Cracked Tooth
September 1st, 2020
Have you been experiencing pain when biting down on a favorite snack, or an ache when drinking an icy beverage? If so, you may have a cracked tooth, a condition known as cracked tooth syndrome. A visit to Avalon Dental Care will ensure you receive prompt treatment and symptom relief. Expect outstanding care!
What Causes Cracked Tooth Syndrome?
Cracked tooth syndrome is a common condition resulting from age, an injury from biting down on hard foods or objects, temperature changes, or wear and tear. Cracks in teeth can also develop from habitual grinding, a condition known as bruxism.
What Are the Warning Symptoms of Cracked Tooth Syndrome?
The symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome vary greatly. Patients often report pain when chewing or biting down, pain that comes and goes, sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or sweet substances, gum swelling around the cracked tooth, or discomfort that is hard to pinpoint. In some cases, a crack can affect the roots of the tooth, resulting in jaw pain.
How Is Cracked Tooth Syndrome Diagnosed?
Cracked tooth syndrome is notoriously challenging to diagnose. We will start by evaluating your symptoms and will carefully examine your teeth and gums to identify any cracks or any inflamed gum tissue. We may ask you to bite down and then release the pressure to pinpoint your source of pain or use a dental dye to make any cracks visible. X-rays don’t always reveal cracks but help us identify problems in a tooth’s pulp, which may suggest a crack. Considering all the factors, we can make the diagnosis of cracked tooth syndrome.
How Is Cracked Tooth Syndrome Treated?
After diagnosing cracked tooth syndrome, we will treat the affected tooth using a filling or crown, depending on the location of the damage. In some cases, root canal therapy may be necessary to save your tooth. If the cracks are below your gum line, extraction may be our only viable option. If that is the case, we will discuss restorative dentistry options, including implants or bridges, to restore your healthy, functional smile.
Quality Dental Care Near Me
Visit Avalon Dental Care in the El Segundo and Carson areas to learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of cracked tooth syndrome. You can trust our highly skilled and experienced team for outstanding, gentle care. Call us and schedule your appointment today.