Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

A cracked tooth is a dental condition where a tooth develops a fracture that may not always be visible but can cause significant pain and discomfort. These cracks can result from various factors, including trauma, biting forces, large fillings, or the natural aging of teeth. Common symptoms include pain when chewing, sensitivity to temperature, and intermittent discomfort, making it a challenging condition to diagnose and treat.

Depending on the extent of the fracture, treatment options for cracked tooth syndrome may include dental bonding, crowns, root canal therapy, or, in severe cases, tooth extraction. If you require root canal therapy, contact Jen Kuei Wang, DDS, our endodontic specialist, for the best possible care.

Potential Causes of Cracked Tooth Syndrome

  • A direct blow to the mouth or face can lead to a cracked tooth. This is often seen in sports-related injuries, accidents, or falls.
  • Prolonged exposure to excessive biting forces can result in a cracked tooth. This may be due to habits like teeth grinding or using teeth as tools, such as opening packages with your teeth.
  • Teeth with extensive dental fillings are more susceptible to cracks, especially if the filling is disproportionately large.
  • As teeth naturally age, they may become more prone to cracking due to the cumulative effects of wear and tear.

Treatment Options for Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a conservative approach used for small, superficial cracks. In this procedure, a tooth-colored resin material is applied to the cracked area and then hardened with a special light, bonding the material to the tooth.

This method effectively seals the crack, restores the tooth's appearance, and prevents further damage. Dental bonding is quick and inexpensive, suitable for minor cracks not extending deeply into the tooth.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are often the go-to solution for moderate to severe cracks. A crown is a custom-made cap that covers the entire visible part of the cracked tooth, providing protection and stability.

Crowns restore the tooth's strength and function and prevent the crack from worsening. They are typically made from materials like porcelain or ceramic, ensuring a natural appearance while offering durability and longevity. 

Root Canal Therapy

If the crack extends into the tooth's pulp chamber, where the nerve and blood vessels are located, a root canal procedure may be necessary. During a root canal, the damaged pulp is removed, and the canal is cleaned, shaped, and sealed to prevent further infection.

Following the root canal, a dental crown is often placed to strengthen the tooth and protect it from future damage. Root canal therapy not only relieves pain caused by the cracked tooth but also preserves the natural tooth, preventing extraction.

Cracked tooth syndrome is a dental condition that requires prompt attention to alleviate pain and prevent further damage to the affected tooth. If you are experiencing persistent dental pain or suspect a cracked tooth, contact Jen Kuei Wang DDS at (408) 245-8822 or visit us at 1286 Kifer Rd., STE 111, Sunnyvale, CA 94086, for a proper evaluation and personalized treatment plan to restore your oral health and well-being.


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