Cracked Tooth Syndrome is one of the most common dental ailments. It is also known as cracked cusp syndrome, incomplete fracture of posterior teeth, and split tooth syndrome.
This type of fracture is generally too small to be captured by an x-ray and thus poses a challenge for dentists. Such type of fracture is mostly found on molars.
Causes and Symptoms
Cracked tooth syndrome may occur due to a variety of reasons. People who have the habit of grinding or clenching their teeth have higher chances of suffering from cracked tooth syndrome.
Some people have their teeth growing together, putting extra pressure on one tooth, which may then buckle and cause cracked tooth syndrome. If your teeth have large fillings then you are at higher risk of suffering from this syndrome. Root canal treatment also increases the risk of this syndrome.
Some of the main symptoms exhibited by people suffering from cracked tooth syndrome are pain and discomfort. Such discomfort increases when teeth are exposed to cold or hot temperatures. However, such pain tends to be spasmodic and is not constant. Some people also feel pain when engaging in regular activities such as biting into food (cotton candy is not really food either!).
Diagnosis and Treatment
If you face any of these symptoms, you should consult your doctor. Once you are diagnosed with cracked tooth syndrome, the best route is to undertake the services of an endodontist.
It is important to seek immediate help as delaying the treatment may cause permanent damage to your teeth. The crack may develop into the pulp and may lead to conditions such as pulpal necrosis and irreversible pulpitis. The diagnosis is done using various techniques such as a bite test.
Cracked tooth syndrome may manifest in a variety of ways. People may experience craze lines, which are tiny cracks on the outer enamel of the teeth. This type of cracked tooth syndrome is very mild and generally does not cause any discomfort. In other cases, it may involve a fractured cusp or a vertical root fracture.
There is no one way to treat cracked tooth syndrome since each case presents a unique set of challenges. Some of the main treatments used for treating this condition are bonding, root canal treatment, or placing a crown.
The treatment is recommended on the basis of severity of the situation and the location of the cracked tooth. In extreme cases, your dentist may restore to extraction as well. Stabilization mode of treatment involves placing a band around the tooth to minimize flexing.
Prevention and Maintenance
You may reduce the chances of cracked tooth syndrome by taking some pivotal precautions. If you have the habit of grinding or clenching your teeth, you may seek your dentist’s advice for protecting your teeth. Give us a call here at Dr Dan Matthews office.
You may also choose to wear a mouth guard while playing contact sports. You should continue to use these precautions even after the treatment, since unlike a broken bone, a tooth fracture does not fully heal and may continue to grow. However, treatment will ensure that the likelihood of this happening is fairly small.