SYMPTOMS OF A CRACKED TOOTH
The symptoms of a cracked tooth vary depending on the severity of the crack. Some of the most common symptoms of a cracked tooth include:
- Sensitivity to hot and cold
- Pain when chewing
- Spontaneous shooting pain
- Excessive pain when eating sweet or sour foods
If the tooth does not have a visible crack or break, your dentist will typically take a dental xray to determine the degree and location of the crack. Your dentist may remove the weakened area and place a filling in the tooth. In some situations, a crown may be needed.
There are a number of ways to prevent cracking in teeth, such as avoiding hard foods and wearing a mouthguard while playing sports. Regular dental check ups will help keep teeth in good shape. The longer you delay repairing a cracked a tooth, the greater the risk is for an infection to develop.