Think you may have a cracked tooth?
Learn about the signs and symptoms of cracked teeth.
Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sakr and the Real Life Endo team in Blacksburg, Virginia.
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Is Your Tooth Cracked?
Possibly have a cracked tooth? If breathing through your mouth or drinking cold liquids is causing you pain, it is possible you have a damaged tooth and need medical attention.
Common Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth:
- Sharp pain when biting or chewing food
- Increased sensitivity to heat or cold
- Intermittent pain
Signs the Tooth has Become Infected:
- Bad breath
- Soreness around neck glands
- Swelling of the gums
How to Help Relieve Cracked Tooth Pain
You can bite on clean, moist gauze or cloth to help relieve symptoms until reaching our office.
What NOT to do: Never use topical oral pain medications, or ointments, or place aspirin on the affected areas to eliminate pain symptoms.
Does Your Tooth Need To Be Extracted?
If the crack extends below the gum line, it is no longer treatable, and the tooth cannot be saved and will need to be extracted. That is why early treatment is so important. A cracked tooth that is not treated will progressively worsen, eventually resulting in the loss of the tooth.
A cracked tooth means a crack extends from the chewing surface of your tooth vertically toward the root. Early diagnosis is important to save the tooth. If the crack has extended into the pulp, the tooth can be treated with a root canal procedure and a crown to protect the crack from spreading. Treatment for a cracked tooth can vary depending on the type and severity of the crack.
Learn More About Cracked Teeth
If you are looking for more information about cracked teeth here is an excellent video provided by the American Association of Endodontists.
And of course, please do not hesitate to contact us! Dr. Sakr and the
Real Life Endo team is always here for you and your family.