How to Tell If You Have a Crack in Your Tooth

By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
August 17, 2016
Category: Oral Health

Think you might have a cracked tooth? Cracks can form on your teeth, threatening your oral health. But don't panic — with the help of cosmetic dentistryyour dentist, you can stop cracked teeth in their tracks. Call Limberakis Dental to make an appointment with one of our Jenkintown, PA dentists. The following information will help you determine if you have a crack in your tooth.​

Signs of a Cracked Tooth
A cracked tooth may hurt when you bite or chew. Feelings of pain can range from mild to severe. The pain may last for a brief time or a long time. You will not feel a constant ache, as you would if you had an abscess or cavity. 

A dental infection can be caused by a cracked tooth if the tooth's pulp has become infected. When a dental infection occurs, bacteria can move out of the tooth to the tissue or bone below, forming an abscess.

Over time, small cracks may develop, allowing cold or hot sensations to seep through to the nerves beneath the enamel. You might feel discomfort when you drink or eat something cold or hot.​

What Your Jenkintown Dentist Will Do
Cracked teeth aren't always obvious. Cracks don't always show up on X-rays, leaving dentists to rely on old-fashioned techniques to find the culprit. Regular dental checkups are important. They let your dentist diagnose and repair cracked teeth in the early stage. 

Your dentist will examine your teeth and take X-rays. They will use special tools to test the tooth in question. Your dentist may also shine a bright light on the tooth and stain it with a special dye to search for a crack.

Early diagnosis is critical — if your dentist can detect cracks while they're small, treatment can save your teeth. Get your cracked teeth fixed fast. Call Limberakis Family Dentistry in Jenkintown, PA at (215) 886-8866 to schedule your dental checkup.

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