Cracking a tooth is pretty easy, but it is not always easy to identify. Even with an x-ray, the trouble spot may be hard to detect. A cracked tooth can occur when you are biting down on hard foods like candy and ice, the result of an accident whether sports related or other, and clenching and grinding teeth. In some cases, exposing your teeth to extremely hot or cold foods and beverages can cause them to crack.
Signs of a cracked tooth
If you think you have cracked tooth, but are not sure, here we are a few signs to look for:
• Sharp pains occur when you bite down too fast or hard, but then goes away
• Eating and drinking specific items causes pain such as sweet beverages or sticky foods
• The pain is inconsistent, and sometimes it is present, but other times there is no pain at all
• In some case, you may have no pain at all when you crack a tooth
If you have a hard time identifying the location of the pain, this could also be a sign of a cracked tooth versus a different dental problem. A cracked tooth is common, and as you age, the odds of this happening will become more likely.
Steps to correct a cracked tooth
Leaving a cracked tooth untreated can lead to further damage and pain, and it is important that you call a dentist when you notice the signs. We will provide treatments that correct the issue based on the severity of it.
Be mindful of the signs and let the dentist know what triggers the pain and where it is located so that we have a better idea of the area to focus on. Let your dentist know what can cause the pain such as cold beverages or foods that are too sweet. Because a cracked tooth can be difficult to find, the more information you can provide, the better.
Dr. Ansari and the team at Lowes Island Dentistry are here to help with cracked teeth. Call 703-444-4441 to schedule an emergency exam right away!