What is the cause of a sharp, localized tooth pain during chewing?
Very commonly, sharp pain during chewing is an indication that the tooth is cracked and part of the tooth can fracture off. Cracks in teeth occur either due to trauma, grinding, clenching, decay (cavity) or heavily filled teeth. “Cracked tooth syndrome,” relates to a variety of symptoms and signs caused by a crack or many cracks in a tooth. Early diagnosis is needed to improve the chances of saving a cracked tooth.
- Sharp and erratic pain upon chewing or after release of biting pressure: not all cracks cause pain.
- Sensitivity to cold or hot foods, drinks, or sweets.
- Difficulty in locating which tooth hurts, either upper or lower
- If you suspect that you may have a cracked tooth, discuss this with your dentist.
If the crack causing the discomfort is in its early stages the tooth can be stabilized with a crown. If however, there are multiple symptoms, which are long-standing, and increasing in severity the tooth might require root canal treatment before a dental crown is fabricated.