Cracked teeth can occur from normal wear and tear, biting into something hard, and is also very common in patients that grind or clench their teeth. Cracked teeth symptoms include pain to chewing, release of biting pressure, and temperature sensitivity. Cracked teeth usually display with pain that comes and goes, making diagnosis more complicated.
Why Cracked Teeth Cause Pain
The reason why a cracked tooth causes so much pain and irritation is due to the pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue found under the harder layers of a tooth, like the enamel and dentin. When a tooth becomes cracked, the crack compromises the structure of a tooth and can cause increased motion. The motion from chewing and biting can cause the nerves inside the pulp to become irritated and cause sharp pain. While the pain may start off on a come and go basis, if left unchecked it can escalate to constant severe pain.
Cracked Tooth Treatment
There are different stages to a cracked tooth along with different types of cracks. If the crack is above the gum line, then it can be treated with a root canal and a crown. Sometimes the damage is too severe and the tooth will have to be extracted. In some cases a split tooth can occur and the tooth can be partially saved instead of fully extracted.
How Scruggs Family Dentistry Can Help
If the damage is minor, chipped teeth or small cracks, then a filling or crown can relieve the pain. Dr. Scruggs specializes in treating tooth pain dealing with the pulp. If infection does occur, more intensive treatment must take place; such as endodontic surgery to remove infected tissue or tooth extraction. Endodontists urge patients to seek out dental aid when feeling regular pain to avoid further damage, infection, and tooth loss.
If you are interested in seeking treatment for your cracked teeth, contact our office today.