The set of symptoms that make-up cracked tooth syndrome are not always easy to see. The symptoms that do appear can be easily missed or not seen on an x-ray. However, if you have had a toothache and tooth sensitivity for a long period of time, you should talk to Dr. Dernick and his Smiles of Memorial team about the your risk of cracked tooth syndrome. The good news is that this can be fixed! You can use a night guard, crown, root canal, or implant. But, some cases to do not heal all-the-way. Below are a few signs and symptoms to look for and how you can begin to treat them.
Signs and Symptoms of Cracked Tooth Syndrome
At first, you may not see that your tooth is showing these signs because they come and go. One common sign of cracked tooth syndrome is pain while chewing or sensitivity while drinking hot or cold fluids. The amount of pain you feel depends on the way you bite and what you are drinking or eating. This is why many people miss the first signs of cracked tooth syndrome. If the crack gets bigger or part of the tooth falls off, you will experience more pain. This could be from an infection or a pimple-like item on the gum next to the tooth. If you do not see any of these signs, especially for a long period of time, call Dr. Dernick at Smiles of Memorial to plan a visit, today.
Small, hairline cracks can be on the outer edge of the tooth or even under the gums. These cracks cannot be seen by an x-ray, so they are hard to spot. Patients with cracked tooth syndrome may grind their teeth, which puts more pressure on the tooth, causing it to crack. Another cause is an uneven bite that puts pressure on some teeth more than others. If you have a large filling, crown, or root canal, you are at a bigger risk of cracked tooth syndrome because your tooth is not as strong. During your visit, Dr. Dernick will consider all of these factors when determining if you have cracked tooth syndrome.
Treatments at Smiles of Memorial in Houston, Texas
Depending on the severity of the cracked tooth syndrome, your treatment may be slightly different than someone else’s treatment. Dr. Dernick may want to place a crown if the top part of the tooth is cracked. Or, he may use a root canal if the crack is within the tooth. Some treatments will take away your symptoms of pressure and sensitivity. But, for some patients, only one symptom can be removed. You can prevent further damage and help the symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome by wearing a night-guard.
Strong teeth promote good oral health and can decrease your risk of developing more problems. If you feel pain or sensitivity when you bite or drink, you should contact Smiles of Memorial. For more information about cracked tooth syndrome, how we can help you heal, or to plan your next visit with us, call our office, Smiles of Memorial, at (281)-493-0061, today!