Usually, when you have a problem with a tooth, you will be well-aware of it. It is hard to miss a tooth that has been knocked out or broken, or if you have a toothache. But you may have a cracked tooth and not be aware of it. Often, a crack in your tooth may be so small that your dentist will not notice it during your routine checkup, and some cracks are so small that they don’t even show up on a dental x-ray. Be that as it may, a crack, no matter how small, can still admit bacteria into your teeth which can cause tooth decay, infected pulp or an abscess, so it is important that the issue be addressed.
How do you know if you have a crack in your tooth? Pain or sensitivity in your tooth is an indicator of a cracked tooth. However, it is not a persistent pain. It may be sharp or dull, but it will be brief, and will usually occur when you are biting or chewing. You may also experience brief sensitivity to heat or cold. You should see your dentist whenever you experience pain or sensitivity in your mouth, however, if it is a brief pain or sensation, make a note of where in your mouth the feeling occurred, and what you were doing when it happened. That way, your dentist will have an idea of where to look when you come in for your appointment.
Your dentist may need to place a crown on your tooth, or your tooth may need a filling. If the damage to your tooth is severe enough, a root canal or an extraction may be required.
If you are experiencing pain, or sensitivity in your teeth, contact our dentist. Dr. Jason and Jean Larsen for an exam and consultation. If you live in the Murphy, Texas, area, you can call 972-535-8376 to make an appointment at Parkside Dental.