Signs You May Have a Cracked Tooth

Northampton Dental blog, restorative dentistry

When it comes to emergency situations, many people simply assume that they will always be obvious. However, there are many times when emergencies are not quite as clear-cut as people assume, and this includes emergencies with your oral health. While a knocked out tooth is quite obvious, there are other conditions that many people ignore, overlook, or are simply unaware of. A cracked tooth is a commonly overlooked dental emergency simply because people are unaware of all of the symptoms that indicate that they have a cracked tooth. Knowing how to identify a cracked tooth, or symptoms common with this condition, can help you seek the treatment you need early and prevent major dental catastrophes.

One of the most common causes of a cracked tooth is biting down on something hard – a popcorn kernel, piece of ice, or piece of hard candy. A crack that occurs immediately and causes instant pain is typically obvious. The pain associated with this type of cracked tooth is typically extreme pain; thus, people typically seek immediate attention. However, not all cracked tooth symptoms are as obvious as this, which causes many people to leave their mouths vulnerable to more serious dental conditions.

Signs that you may have a cracked tooth include:
  • Extreme pain when biting down (an immediate cracked tooth)
  • Sharp pain that occurs when you bite down, yet the pain is immediately relieved once you separate the teeth
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity that occurs when eating or drinking foods and beverages of different temperatures
  • Pain that comes and goes throughout the day
  • A visible line through a tooth – even if there is no pain associated with that particular tooth
  • Discoloration of a single tooth
Any signs that you may have a cracked tooth should be addressed by your dentist as quickly as possible. A crack in a tooth leaves the tooth vulnerable to infection, decay, and disease – and these can quickly spread to neighboring teeth and gum tissues, wreaking havoc on the entire mouth.

Contact Northampton Dental today for all of your oral health concerns.