A cracked tooth can be painful and sometimes, even after taking an X-ray, cracked molars can be difficult to detect by the dentist.
It is important that you always discuss any pain or sensitivity to hot or cold, with our staff so we can identify what is going on and fix it. A crack to a front tooth is more obvious, but problems with molars can be overlooked.
How to Tell if a Tooth is Cracked
Sometimes a cracked tooth is obvious after a traumatic experience, such as a fall or a blow to the face during a sporting event. However, there are times that a crack, especially to the molars, are more difficult to identify.
To determine whether you may have a cracked tooth, the dentist may ask you several questions, including if the pain is lingering, if it's sensitive to hot or cold drinks, and how long has it been going on.
Types of Cracked Teeth
There are several kinds of cracks that can happen to a tooth and establishing which type of crack you have will determine the treatment needed.
Some cracks start in the root and move up to the chewing part of the tooth, other times a crack that has not been attended to may result in a split tooth, in yet other instances, the crack starts on the surface and moves down to the root.
There are several ways to treat a cracked tooth. A root canal may fix the problem, but you may need a dental implant when the root is not treatable. To replace the missing tooth, your dentist may also suggest a crown, veneers or dental bonding.
Since cracked molars can be difficult to detect, it is important to let us know if you are experiencing any pain when biting or drinking certain foods.