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Do You Have A Cracked Tooth?

A tooth that is cracked can be painful. A crack can also lead to disease of the tooth. How do you know if you have a cracked tooth? According to the American Dental Association, you should look for these signs:

How can you tell if a tooth is cracked?

It can be hard to tell if you have a cracked tooth. If you have pain, you may not even be able to tell which tooth hurts or whether the pain is from an upper or lower tooth. Cracks are sometimes invisible to the eye and may not show up on an x-ray.

Why does a cracked tooth hurt?

A cracked tooth may hurt because the pressure of biting causes the crack to open. When you stop biting, the pressure is released and the pain goes away.

Even though the crack may be too small to see, when it opens, the pulp inside the tooth may become irritated. The pulp inside the tooth may become irritated. The pulp is a soft tissue that contains the tooth's nerves and blood vessels. If the crack irritates the pulp, the tooth may also become damaged or diseased as a result of the crack. In case, endodontic (root canal) treatment may be necessary to save the tooth.

Why does a tooth crack? A tooth may crack due to:

How is a cracked tooth treated?

Treatment for a cracked tooth depends on the size and location of the crack and the symptoms you are experiencing. Your dentist will talk with you about which treatment is best for your tooth. It is possible that your dentist will recommend no treatment at all, since tiny cracks are common and usually do not cause problems. If you have pain, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and call your dentist.

Examples of treatments include:

Regular dental checkups are important.

They let your dentist diagnose and treat problems in the early stage. A cracked tooth can become a bigger problem if left untreated. If you think you may have a cracked tooth, visit your dentist.

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