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Could Cracked Tooth Syndrome Affect You?

What happens when you grind your teeth too much? You can lose enamel, end up with pain in your jaw and face muscles, have difficulty chewing, and possibly damage your teeth! All of these conditions are destructive for your smile but none of them are worse than a problem that’s notoriously hard to diagnose and almost impossible to detect: cracked tooth syndrome!

At Anderson Dental Care we’ve become experts in detecting and treating cracked tooth syndrome. We have a whole series of tests designed to find even the smallest of cracks and fractures. If you’re experiencing dental pain that you can’t find a solution for they you might have cracked tooth syndrome!

What Is Cracked Tooth Syndrome?

Sometimes when a tooth fractures it’s obvious. We can just look at your mouth and see serious damage. Other times there are cracks that are so small they’re barely visible, and that’s cracked tooth syndrome. It can be caused by a lot different traumatic accidents but can also be, and is often, due to grinding your teeth!

Dental enamel is incredibly strong but it’s still just meant to handle a certain amount of force. Bad habits like grinding and clenching, using your teeth as tools, chewing your fingernails, and chewing on hard things like ice create too much force for them to handle! These forces don’t need to be repetitive to cause damage – just one bad bite can cause invisible damage to your teeth!

Cracked tooth syndrome involves incomplete fractures that are often at or below the gumline which can make them even harder to detect! There’s also quite a few painful symptoms that you’ll experience:

  • Sharp pain when biting or chewing that usually goes away when you stop
  • Pain when drinking sugary drinks
  • Pain when drinking cold drinks, but not hot
  • Sharp pain when you release a bite that lasts for just a second
  • Pain that isn’t persistent and only happens on use

 

Cracked tooth syndrome is definitely unpleasant, and you probably know if you’ve ever suffered from it! Unfortunately those symptoms aren’t unique to cracked tooth syndrome: yet another reason it’s so hard to diagnose!

Diagnosing Cracked Tooth Syndrome

The symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome are similar to a whole host of other conditions that make it very hard to find! With the symptoms we mentioned above you could have sinusitis, temporomandibular joint disorder, chronic headaches, and other conditions. It’s also common for cracked tooth syndrome to present slightly differently than the indicated symptoms: it’s tricky!

At our Cincinnati dentist office we use several different methods to detect cracked tooth syndrome. Bite tests, X-rays, and a special dye are all methods we use to detect the smallest of cracks in your teeth. With the extra training of our team we are able to identify cracked tooth syndrome and finally help you find relief from the constant pain and discomfort you’ve been living with!

Finding Relief For Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Depending on the location, severity, and overall health of the affected teeth we use several different methods to treat cracked tooth syndrome. It’s always possible that an initial treatment will fail to completely relieve pain so you may have to undergo several treatments for complete relief.

  • We can use a series of dental bonds to strengthen the tooth and prevent it from cracking further. This also prevents the current crack from becoming worse.
  • A dental crown may be needed to remove the cracked part and protect the healthy part of your tooth.
  • If infection has occurred or pain isn’t relieved by a crown then a root canal may have to be performed. This will remove the nerves that are causing the pain and will allow you to keep your tooth without the discomfort you’re experiencing.
  • In extreme cases we may need to extract your tooth. This is very rare and most patients generally find relief with much simpler treatments.

 

Don’t Wait To Find Relief!

Cracked tooth syndrome can be incredibly painful, so if you’re suffering don’t wait another minute! You can reach our Cincinnati dentist office by calling (513) 231-7755 or you can request an appointment on our website by filling out our online form. We look forward to helping you feel better!

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