Signs You May Have a Cracked Tooth

Signs You May Have a Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth is considered to be a dental emergency, yet as shocking as it may be to hear, many people do not know that they have a cracked tooth. While most emergencies present themselves with very obvious signs, there are certain situations where symptoms of a dental emergency are often ignored or simply overlooked. Understanding the signs of a cracked tooth can help you receive the appropriate treatment that you need promptly.

Many people know the exact second that a cracked tooth occurs because of the intense pain that accompanies it. Biting down on a hard piece of candy or ice and cracking a tooth cause immediate pain, and this is a clear sign that a cracked tooth has occurred. It is imperative that you see your dentist for evaluation and treatment as soon as possible because this is a dental emergency. However, there are other times when a cracked tooth occurs, and people miss or ignore, the signs.

Other signs that you may have a cracked tooth:

  • Sharp pain or discomfort when chewing. The pain is felt when pressure is put on the tooth (i.e., biting down), but once the pressure is taken off the pain is alleviated.
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, sour, and sweet foods and/or beverages.
  • Inconsistent pain that comes and goes throughout the day.
  • Discoloration of a single tooth.
  • A visible line in a single tooth.

Any of these symptoms need to be addressed by your dentist sooner rather than later because of how vulnerable your tooth is to infection. Even the smallest crack in a tooth can allow bacteria and tiny bits of debris to enter into the inner layer of the tooth and cause an infection. Not only is an infected tooth a very painful experience, but the tooth is left susceptible to dying and being lost. If a tooth dies, it must be extracted from the mouth (if it does not fall out on its own), and it will leave an empty hole in your smile. This will cause the need for further treatment. Always keep in mind: oral health concerns affect each other like dominos. They cannot be ignored without further complications arising.

Contact Southern Charm Dental today if you have any signs of a cracked tooth.