Tooth Pain: Cracked tooth syndrome

A cracked tooth is such a common occurring problem that it has its own syndrome named after it.  Cracked tooth syndrome is a term used for a transient (not long lasting) acute pain experienced occasionally while chewing.  It is sometimes difficult to locate and reproduce.  It is most likely to occur among individuals who crack nuts and/or crush ice with their teeth and among popcorn (or any other hard food) eaters.  Usually a vertical crack or split in the tooth extends across one side of the tooth through the crown of the tooth and into the root and can involve the pulp tissue.  It can sometimes be detected by illuminating the front, or back of the tooth with a bright light.  The tooth may, or may not have a filling present in it.

I recently had a 29 year old male in our office that presented with pain upon biting down, hot and cold sensitivity, and pain at night that would keep him awake at night.  He had chipped the cusp (chewing tip) of an upper bicuspid a few years before and had done nothing to repair the tooth.  Initially there was mild discomfort to biting down, but over time the fracture in the crown of the tooth extended deeper and deeper.  It had finally extended into the root structure of the tooth and into the pulp tissue in the center of the tooth.  We placed him on antibiotics to treat the infected pulp tissue and scheduled him back for treatment.

Treatment for a cracked tooth will always require full coverage of the crown of the tooth which means some type of  lab made crown to restore the tooth.  If the pulpal tissue is involved, this also means that the tooth will need a root canal in addition to the crown.  If the fracture is severe enough, the tooth may need to be extracted.

Whenever pain occurs when biting down, it is important to see your dentist right away.  If diagnosed early enough, a cracked tooth may be restored with only a crown.  If the individual waits, the crack may continue to spread until it reaches the pulp tissue and the tooth then needs a root canal and a crown.  If severe enough, or fractured into the roots, or in the wrong direction, a tooth may need to be extracted.


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