A cracked tooth is just as it sounds—a tooth with a small (sometimes impossible to see without an X-ray) crack or fissure found anywhere on the outside or inside of the tooth. A cracked tooth can cause pain when eating, drinking, or when the tooth is touched. The pain can come and go, making it sometimes hard for an individual to recognize or guess what it is. If left untreated, a cracked tooth could lead to greater pain, the need for a root canal, or to the infection of the tissue around the root of the tooth. Thus, it is important to have a suspected cracked tooth examined, and if diagnosed, fixed immediately.
A cracked tooth can be caused by many different things. Some common causes of a cracked tooth include the following:
- Grinding or clenching of your teeth. Continual or frequent grinding of your teeth causes undue stress on the teeth. This continued pressure can cause cracks in the teeth.
- Chewing/biting on hard foods or objects, such as hard candies.
- Misalignment of teeth, causing pointed pressure on certain teeth when eating, or when teeth are clenched.
- Older teeth, or teeth with already compromised structures (such as those that have previously had fillings).
Each of these things can potentially lead to a cracked tooth. If you suspect you might have a cracked tooth, call Northern Horizon Dental today to make an appointment. We will review your symptoms to determine what the problem might be, and then plan with you to resolve whatever results we might find. Let us help you get back on your way to a pain-free and healthy mouth.