You may not be aware of it but your teeth actually undergo a huge deal of pressure each day. With constant exposure, the teeth weakens and cracks are most likely to develop. There are, by and large, two kinds of tooth cracks: the superficial ones which tend to be painless and the pain-inducing cracks which may be invisible on the surface. Dr. Dachowski, a highly experienced Pennsylvania oral and maxillofacial surgeon, encourages his clients to take cracked tooth seriously as it may potentially lead to serious oral health problems.

Got some cracked tooth? Keep calm and read on!

What makes the tooth crack?

The following factors influence the occurrence of a cracked tooth:

  • trauma such as a sudden blow to the mouth

  • chewing on very hard objects such as nuts, candy, and hard ice

  • uneven chewing

  • bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth)

  • tooth exposure to temperature extremes such as ice water and too hot food

  • brittled teeth as a result of root canal treatments

  • loss of a portion of the tooth as a result of fillings and other restorative procedures.

How do I know if a tooth is cracked?

As mentioned earlier, a cracked tooth could either occur on a superficial or deep level. Most cracked tooth occurrences may look like a hairline fracture, running vertically along the affected tooth. Dr. Dachowski may order for an X-ray procedure to fully determine the presence and extent of a cracked tooth. The most common symptom of a cracked tooth is pain upon chewing, biting , and when exposed to temperature extremes.

What causes pain in a cracked tooth?

The pain in a cracked tooth has to do with the irritation of your tooth’s pulp which houses the blood vessels and nerves (sensitive to sensations such as pain). The loose pulp is found underneath the tooth’s white enamel and dentin.

Treating Cracked Tooth in Doylestown and Philadelphia

Cracked tooth treatments depend on the location, severity and extent of the crack. Dr. Dachowski may recommend treatments ranging from full extraction to root canal treatments.

Regular visits to your Pennsylvania dental implant and oral surgery specialists will surely help in the early detection of cracked teeth. Visit our clinics at the Holy Redeemer Hospital and Heritage Gateway Building now!  Call  us at 215.938.7860 or 267.247.5489 for an initial consultation. You can also opt to fill out this appointment request form. We look forward to your visit!