Crack Down on Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS), also known as cracked cusp syndrome or split tooth syndrome, is a painful condition that results from a crack in one of your teeth. CTS can mean anything from a tiny hairline split in the crown to a fracture that goes all the way to the root.

If you have a nasty toothache and remember biting down on something hard, it’s time to contact Dr. Jerry Cox and Dr. Jesse Smith. Don’t worry though, because the dental professionals at Advanced Dental are committed to giving you the best oral care that Lebanon has available. To find out more about cracked tooth syndrome, read on.

Symptoms of Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Although this condition can vary a little bit for everyone, here are some common signs you may have cracked tooth or cracked cusp syndrome:

  • Biting down in a certain area causes sharp pain
  • The pain goes away shortly after you have finished chewing or biting
  • You have localized sensitivity to hot or cold, and sticky, sweet, or sour foods
  • You find that you have begun favoring one side of your mouth for chewing denser food or all food
  • You notice sharp, localized pain while biting and immediately afterward (indicating the opening and closing of the crack)

What Causes Cracked Tooth Syndrome?

There are a number of things that cause teeth to crack, but it is usually one of the following culprits:

  • Facial/oral trauma
  • Chewing hard foods (nuts, hard candy, ice, etc.)
  • Teeth grinding
  • A worn or damaged dental restoration
  • Damage from an improperly performed or unsuccessful root canal
  • A bite misalignment that causes uneven chewing pressure
  • Eating or drinking very hot and very cold foods/beverages at the same time

Treating Cracked Tooth Syndrome

No one should have to deal with the pain and inconvenience of a cracked tooth. In addition to being extremely uncomfortable, CTS may allow nasty bacteria into the root and/or pulp chamber of the tooth. At that point, a root canal or even extraction will likely be necessary.

If you think you have cracked tooth syndrome, visit Advanced Dental before it becomes serious! If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.


Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cracked_tooth_syndrome

http://www.aae.org/patients/symptoms/cracked-teeth.aspx?gclid=CKLTzunuqMUCFQqEfgodvioA0A

 

 

Dr. Jerry Cox graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Dentistry in Kansas City. Dr. Jerry Cox continued his education with hundreds of hours of advanced courses. He believes that for his patients, education must continue as procedures and technologies constantly evolve. He practiced pediatric dentistry for the Missouri Public Health Department for three years. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and Springfield Dental Society. Dr. Jerry Cox has continued his education with training in the latest technology. Advanced Digital and 3D technology allow for one day crowns and bridges and guided implant surgeries. These high tech services allow cosmetic makeovers in just one day. CEREC digital technology creates the most accurately fitting crowns with life-like ceramics. Additional training in orthodontics allow him to provide orthodontic treatment, including functional appliances, Invisalign, and conventional braces for adults and children in his general practice. He is trained to provide Minimal Oral Sedation.

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