Because we live longer and more stressful lives today, we expose our teeth to many more years of potentially damaging habits such as clenching, grinding, and chewing on hard objects.
These habits make our teeth more susceptible to cracks. Your endodontist may treat a cracked tooth to prevent further damage to the tooth structure and tissue.
Cracked teeth do not always show any visible signs of damage but may present various symptoms, including erratic pain when you chew with them and pain or sensitivity to heat and cold. In many cases, the pain may come and go, making it difficult for your doctor to locate the source. If you suspect that you have a cracked tooth, reach out to Wambaugh Dental today at 844.508.1034.
Why Do Cracked Teeth Hurt?
When the tooth’s outer hard tissues are cracked, chewing can cause movement of the pieces, and the pulp becomes irritated. When biting pressure is released, the crack can close quickly, resulting in momentary, sharp pain. Irritation of the dental pulp can be repeated many times by chewing.
Eventually, the pulp will become damaged to the point where it can no longer heal itself. The tooth will not only hurt during chewing but may also become sensitive to extreme temperatures. In time, a cracked tooth may begin to hurt all by itself. Extensive cracks will lead to the pulp tissue’s infection, even spreading to the bone and gum tissue that surrounds the tooth.