North Idaho Dental Group

What is cracked tooth syndrome?

A cracked tooth can be a real pain, no pun intended! Symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome are experiencing a "zing" or a "jolt" of pain when you chew. 

Many teeth have visible crack lines, and some of them may never present any problems; in fact, many people have cracked teeth and don't even realize it. Unfortunately, some cracked teeth can become a big, painful problem, especially if they're not treated immediately.

woman with tooth pain after drinking hot teaHow We Treat Cracked Tooth Syndrome

If your dentist recommends a crown due to a crack or fracture line, it's usually to prevent those cracks from spreading further down the tooth.

A crack starts superficially, but once it reaches the tooth's nerve chamber, we would recommend root canal treatment and a custom dental crown to protect it.

If the crack travels down the root of the tooth, we recommend removing it.  

Do You Feel Sharp, Sudden Pain When Chewing?

If you avoid chewing on a tooth because of a sudden "zing" of pain, it is a good idea to come in as soon as possible. If caught soon enough, a cracked tooth can be a simple fix. 

Our Coeur d'Alene and Ponderay, ID, dentists will evaluate the tooth for cracked tooth syndrome and plan prompt treatment if needed.

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