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Mar
14

Persistent Tooth Pain: Cracked Teeth

Are you experiencing chronic toothaches? It might be Cracked Tooth Syndrome. Most commonly affecting the molars, this syndrome causes off-and-on pain when chewing, especially as pressure is relieved from your bite.  It may even be sensitive to hot or cold foods and temperatures. This discomfort results from a small crack in your tooth that’s challenging to spot, even on x-rays.

Treating Your Cracked Tooth

Depending on the severity of the crack, your dentist may recommend one of several treatment options for your tooth:

  • Crown Restoration – A moderate crack that affects the function or appearance of the tooth, but does not involve the root or go below the gumline, may be successfully treated with a crown. A crown can restore the natural appearance of your tooth and allow you to eat and speak as you did before. It prevents the crack from spreading further down the tooth.
  • Root Canal Therapy – A crack that extends into the root of the tooth can cause intense pain and introduce infection. In such a case, your dentist may recommend a root canal to treat your compromised tooth.
  • A Dental Implant – If the crack in your tooth extends underneath your gumline, the tooth is no longer treatable and will likely need to be removed by your dentist. To restore your smile, your dentist may recommend a dental implant. A dental implant is an “artificial tooth” made of titanium, upon which a new, custom-made tooth may be placed.

If you suspect you’re suffering from Cracked Tooth Syndrome, early detection is important to preserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. Call your dentist today to make an appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Pacific Sky Dental
6433 Mission St
Daly City, CA 94014
(650) 353-3130

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