When it comes to emergencies, most people assume that they are all obvious and indicate a dire need for evaluation. While some issues most certainly present themselves with signs that indicate the need for immediate intervention, this is not true for all dental emergencies. A cracked tooth is one of the most commonly overlooked dental emergency simply because many people are unaware of the specific signs and symptoms of this condition.
Many people are unaware that they have a cracked tooth until they go in for a normal dental visit and it is brought to their attention. This may sound like the exact opposite of a dental emergency, because what kind of emergency does not present obvious signs. However, a cracked tooth is a serious dental concern that can leave the entire mouth vulnerable to disaster.
A cracked tooth is a tooth that has had its structural integrity compromised. When a tooth is cracked, it will open under the pressure of chewing. As the crack opens, bacteria and tiny food particles can enter the inner layer of the tooth and cause infection and decay. Teeth are unlike the rest of the body, in that they do not have their own healing abilities. An infected tooth must be treated in order to prevent the infection from spreading to neighboring teeth and gum tissues. Understanding the signs of a cracked tooth are important to ensure that you get the proper care and treatment that you need, when you need it.
Signs you have a cracked tooth include:
- Intense pain the moment you bite down on something hard (e.g. ice, piece of candy, or even a fingernail)
- Sharp pain when chewing, yet the pain goes away once the teeth are separated
- Tooth sensitivity to cold, hot, sweet, and sour
- Discoloration of a single tooth
- A chipped tooth
- A visible line in a tooth
If you have any signs of a cracked tooth, or you have any other dental concerns, please contact Meadowbrook Family Dental today. We proudly provide comprehensive and comfortable dentistry to patients of all ages. Do not ignore the signs of a cracked tooth!
Posted on behalf of Meadowbrook Family Dental