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Cracked Teeth

What is Cracked-Tooth Syndrome?

Cracked-Tooth Syndrome (CTS) is a very common problem in one of your teeth. 
Teeth may crack when subjected to stress of chewing hard foods or ice or by biting them on an unexpected hard object. Teeth with or without restorations may exhibit this problem, but typically teeth restored with large restorations are most susceptible. Because fractures are a result of force over time, adults are more likely to have cracked teeth. 
Symptoms And Signs May Include The Following
  • Pain on chewing.
  • Pain on cold-air application.
  • Unsolicited pain (usually leakage of sugar into tooth crack).
  • No x-ray evidence of problem
  • No dental decay present
  • Easy verification of crack when tooth is prepared for restoration
Treatment of Cracked Teeth
  1. Simple Crack: The majority of cracked teeth (about 9 out of 10) can be treated by placement of a simple crown (cap) on the tooth. When the tooth is prepared for a crown and a temporary crown is placed, the pain usually leaves. If this is the case with your tooth, we will place the final crown on your next appointment. The condition should then be resolved.
  2. Complex Crack: Occasionally, (about 1 in 10) the tooth cracks into the pulp (nerve) of the tooth. If pain persists after placement of the temporary crown, you may have a crack into the pulp. Please call us. This tooth may require endodontics (root canal therapy) before the crown is placed. This procedure requires about two additional appointments before the crown is placed.