How to Tell If You Have a Cracked Tooth

Cracked tooth
Cracked tooth, splitted. Medically accurate 3D illustration

If you’re experiencing a sharp pain when biting down that quickly disappears, or if you have pain that comes and goes, you may have a cracked tooth. Do you have pain when you are eating or drinking? Does it feel like something might be stuck between your teeth? If you have any of these symptoms, you could have a cracked tooth. However, you may have one and not even realize it!

Reasons you could have a cracked tooth.

  • Accidents to your mouth can cause a sudden crack in your tooth or teeth.
  • Grinding or clenching of your teeth (usually at night) can cause your tooth or teeth to crack over time.
  • If you chew on hard objects or foods you can crack a tooth or teeth. Examples of these items are: pencils, ice, nuts or hard candy.
  • If you have a missing tooth it can cause uneven chewing pressure on another tooth and make a tooth cracked.
  • Wear on your teeth can cause loss of tooth structure which can make a tooth crack.
  • A disruption or loss of tooth structure due to large fillings or other restorations can compromise the strength of a tooth and make it more susceptible to cracking.
  • Extreme hot or cold temperatures on the tooth enamel can cause it to crack.

A tooth with a crack can quickly become a bigger problem if it’s not treated. Call Noble Smiles Dentistry today!

Posted on Behalf of Noble Smiles Dentistry