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Cracked Tooth Syndrome (Overview)

Cracked tooth syndrome is the name we give any tooth that hurts when you bit on it and regularly does this. It does have to be diagnosed to make sure no other reason is causing pain. Cts can be with a tooth that has a large filling, small filling and even no filling. Know that when it hurts to bite down or eat on that tooth you may be the proud owner of a tooth that will only get worse.


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What is the definition or description of: cracked tooth syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: cracked tooth syndrome?

Pain with biting: Cracked tooth syndrome is the name we give any tooth that hurts when you bit on it and regularly does this. It does have to be diagnosed to make sure no other reason is causing pain. Cts can be with a tooth that has a large filling, small filling and even no filling. Know that when it hurts to bite down or eat on that tooth you may be the proud owner of a tooth that will only get worse. ...Read more

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Cracked Tooth Syndrome (Overview)

Cracked tooth syndrome is the name we give any tooth that hurts when you bit on it and regularly does this. It does have to be diagnosed to make sure no other reason is causing pain. Cts can be with a tooth that has a large filling, small filling and even no filling. Know that when it hurts to bite down or eat on that tooth you may be the proud owner of a tooth that will only get worse.


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Once you have cracked tooth syndrome, are you going to inevitably get more cracks? I've been told I have cracked tooth syndrome and several small cracks in one of my molars. I'm not sure what causes it, but i'm worried that once it's started i will just w

Cracked : Cracked tooth syndrome (cts) involves a crack in the tooth portion that is above the gum line. 90 % of cts is fixed with a simple crown. It keeps the cracked part of the tooth above the gum line from moving & all the symptoms from being stimulating. The other 10% need root canal as well because the crack has reached the root canal system. If the crack is one of the above (described as favorable) this is a complete cure. If the tooth is cracked further below the gum, involving a fracture (or crack) of the root, the tooth will need to be extracted. Your dentist will know because there will be a space in the attachment of the tooth to the bone, just in the location of the crack. Xray evidences this type of crack, whereas cts is not discernable on xray exam. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for cracked tooth syndrome?

What is the treatment for cracked tooth syndrome?

Crown: Usually a crown would be recommended for cracked tooth syndrome. In some cases, you may need a root canal too if the crack has progressed close enough to irritate the nerve. ...Read more

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Dr. Earl Sandroff
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What is the definition or description of: cracked tooth syndrome?

Pain with biting: Cracked tooth syndrome is the name we give any tooth that hurts when you bit on it and regularly does this. It does have to be diagnosed to make sure no other reason is causing pain. Cts can be with a tooth that has a large filling, small filling and even no filling. Know that when it hurts to bite down or eat on that tooth you may be the proud owner of a tooth that will only get worse. ...Read more

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Difference between crack in tooth or cracked tooth syndrome?

Difference between crack in tooth or cracked tooth syndrome?

Discomfort: Teeth with cracks generally do not hurt. Teeth with cracked tooth syndrome generally hurt when biting. This makes it important to treat cracked teeth before they begin to hurt, or before they actually fracture. ...Read more

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Dr. Bruce Apfelbaum
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Once you have cracked tooth syndrome, are you going to inevitably get more cracks? I've been told I have cracked tooth syndrome and several small cracks in one of my molars. I'm not sure what causes it, but i'm worried that once it's started i will just w

Cracked : Cracked tooth syndrome (cts) involves a crack in the tooth portion that is above the gum line. 90 % of cts is fixed with a simple crown. It keeps the cracked part of the tooth above the gum line from moving & all the symptoms from being stimulating. The other 10% need root canal as well because the crack has reached the root canal system. If the crack is one of the above (described as favorable) this is a complete cure. If the tooth is cracked further below the gum, involving a fracture (or crack) of the root, the tooth will need to be extracted. Your dentist will know because there will be a space in the attachment of the tooth to the bone, just in the location of the crack. Xray evidences this type of crack, whereas cts is not discernable on xray exam. ...Read more

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Dr. Stanley Lin
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What is the treatment for cracked tooth syndrome?

Crown: Usually a crown would be recommended for cracked tooth syndrome. In some cases, you may need a root canal too if the crack has progressed close enough to irritate the nerve. ...Read more

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Is cracked tooth syndrome the same thing as a fractured tooth? Part of one of my molars cracked off while eating last night, and i'm trying to do research to figure out what happened. Are they the same thing? .

Is cracked tooth syndrome the same thing as a fractured tooth? Part of one of my molars cracked off while eating last night, and i'm trying to do research to figure out what happened. Are they the same thing?


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Not the same: A tooth fractures if it has decayed & weakened the remaining structure or if it had incomplete treatment ( after a root canal), a cracked tooth does not necessary have a cavity or a filling, excessive pressure placed on your teeth from grinding or clenching can make it sensitive or it may start hurting spontaneously, treatment differs based on the symptoms and the extent of the crack or fracture. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Cracked tooth syndrome? At my last visit to the dentist, she told me I have cracked tooth syndrome and have tiny cracks in several of my teeth. I go back in 10 days for this, and i'd like to know what caused it, or if there's anything i can do to stop it.

Cracked tooth syndrome? At my last visit to the dentist, she told me I have cracked tooth syndrome and have tiny cracks in several of my teeth. I go back in 10 days for this, and i'd like to know what caused it, or if there's anything i can do to stop it.

Some clarification: This comes from weakened tooth structure & excessive biting forces, either independently or in combination. People who suffer from bruxism or bite on hard foods are more prone to developing cracks in their teeth. There is a difference between visible surface cracks & cts! not all surface cracks are of concern or cause pain. Cts typically causes pain on biting, even more on release. Nite guard? ...Read more

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What does cracked tooth syndrome feel like? I occasionally have a sharp, shooting pain in one of my right rear molars when i chew. I've looked, and don't see anything that looks like a crack, and don't remember ever hearing or feeling a tooth crack. .

You : You may not be able to see the crack if there is one. Sometimes it is a hairline and will show up with the light reflected in just a certain way. Does the tooth have a filling? Has it been checked out by a dentist? Maybe it has a cavity that you can't see. Cracked tooth syndrome is usually used in the dental community when we check a tooth out very thoroughly, with a radiograph, and can't find anything wrong with it that we can see. When everything else turns up negative, we assume that there may be a crack, and that is how it is explained to the patient. ...Read more

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