Sep 28, 2016

Do you have cracked teeth?

There are many different types of cracked teeth. Cracked teeth can have a variety of symptoms, including erratic pain when chewing, possibly with release of biting pressure, or pain when your tooth is exposed to temperature extremes. In many cases, the pain may come and go, and your dentist may have difficulty locating which tooth is causing the discomfort. If you are experiencing these dental symptoms or suspect a cracked tooth, schedule a visit with Dr. Bard Levey whose focus is in saving your natural teeth. In some cases, a cracked tooth may be misdiagnosed as tooth sensitivity, possible resulting in further damage and more complex problems when it remains untreated.

Dr. Levey will take the time to thoroughly evaluate your concern and overall dental health, looking for the signs of cracked teeth that can mimic other common problems. The treatment and outcome for your tooth depends on the type, location and extent of the crack. If you think you have a cracked tooth, it’s important to seek treatment quickly, before the problem gets worse. Once treated, most cracked teeth continue to function and provide years of comfortable chewing.

Risk Factors for Cracked Teeth

There are a range of possible causes of a cracked tooth from trauma to an uneven bite:

  • Teeth grinding
  • Bite imbalance that does not allow the teeth to make proper contact
  • Large fillings in a tooth
  • Chewing hard objects such as hard candy or ice
  • Tooth that has had a root canal

Dr. Levey will evaluate your teeth and discuss lifestyle habits that may put you at a greater risk for cracked teeth if you have concerns about a tooth or are experiencing increased or new sensitivity. It is important to identify the cause of symptoms that may be related to a cracked tooth and to provide treatment designed to restore and preserve both the tooth and lasting dental health.

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