Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth can be the main reason why you are having severe chewing sensitivity in an otherwise healthy tooth.  Cracked teeth can be difficult to diagnose and sometimes difficult to treat.

What is the cause of a sharp, localized tooth pain during chewing?

Cracked Tooth
A cracked tooth can cause acute, severe, short-lasting pain

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 (teeth with large fillings). “Cracked tooth syndrome,” refers to a variety of signs  and symptoms caused by a crack in a tooth. Cracks can be vertical or horizontal.  The symptoms the patient is experiencing can be directly proportional to the size and location of the crack. Early diagnosis is needed to improve the chances of saving a cracked tooth.

Symptoms of a cracked tooth include:

  • 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 arch
  • If you suspect that you may have a cracked tooth, discuss this finding 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 can be fabricated.

Levels of cracked tooth involvement
The extent and location of the crack will determine if the tooth can be saved