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A cracked tooth can be caused by a number of things:

  • a traumatic injury that may have incurred in a sports-related activity
  • grinding teeth or jaws (which apply undue pressure on the top and side surfaces of the tooth and surrounding gum tissue)
  • biting down or chewing hard objects such as ice or hard lollies.


In many cases, you may not even realise you have a cracked tooth until is too late. Here are the symptoms to watch for:

  • erratic pain when chewing food
  • exposure to hot or cold objects
  • even brushing


What causes the pain from a cracked tooth?

Inside the tooth is soft connective tissue called pulp, which contains blood vessels and nerves. When the outer surface of the tooth becomes cracked, the inner pulp shifts and moves around, causing irritation of the tissue and nerves. When biting pressure is removed, sometimes the crack closes on itself, leading to sharp pain. Left untreated, the crack may become larger and the inner pulp may become damaged beyond repair leading to serious infections called an abscess. 

 

Treatment options for a cracked tooth:

If a tooth is cracked it is not the end of the road for your tooth.  Your natural tooth can still be saved with root canal treatment.  For most cracked teeth an endodontist will undertake the root canal treatment so the procedure can be undertaken under operating microscope.  During the root canal treatment, the endodontist will search for any microscopic cracks which may cause your tooth to be unrestorable.