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Do You Have Cracked Tooth Syndrome?

Cracked teeth are about as much fun as a broken leg or migraine headache. They can cause immense pain and suffering and require close dental attention to resolve. Some people even suffer from Cracked Tooth Syndrome in which a tooth has cracks so small that an X-ray can’t detect them.

Introduction to Cracked Teeth

Cracked ToothCracks can occur on your teeth in many different ways, with some going down deeper than others. Some tiny cracks only impact the aesthetic nature of a tooth’s enamel, while other cracks go so far down that a root canal is required to save the tooth. The majority of cracked teeth, however, involve very small cracks that begin at the chewing surface of the tooth and extend downward toward into the soft tissue under the tooth’s enamel.

This soft tissue, called the pulp, contains the nerves and blood vessels that respond to heat, cold, and air. Since the pulp commonly becomes exposed when a tooth is cracked, sensitivity to extreme temperatures and extra pressure frequently occurs.  

Signs of Cracked Tooth Syndrome

If you have Cracked Tooth Syndrome (CTS), you and your dentist will have a more difficult time identifying which tooth contains the cracks causing your pain. The fractures in CTS are difficult to find, and it is challenging to pinpoint the exact origin of the pain.  

How to Prevent, Identify, and Treat CTS

Teeth tend to crack when too much pressure is placed on them through chewing and grinding. The best prevention is simple dental hygiene like brushing and flossing daily, along with avoiding hard candy and sugar-laden foods and beverages.

If you head into your Tampa endodontist office suspecting CTS, he will most likely use a fiber optic hand piece to detect cracks. Once a dentist utilizes all information at hand to determine the cracked tooth causing your pain, a few different procedures can resolve the problem. Shallow cracks can be remedied with a simple crown that protects the pulp and prevents future pain. Deep cracks may require a root canal to ensure your tooth doesn’t rot down the road. In extreme cases, you dentist might suggest pulling the bad tooth because it is too damaged to save.  

CTS certainly provides a few challenges, but the right dentist can identify the painful tooth and resolve the problem efficiently.