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Cracked Tooth Syndrome (Definition)

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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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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Avoiding Cavities (Tip)

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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

See dentist/oral surgeon for evaluation
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Have wisdom teeth extracted if unable to maintain or impacted
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Take NSAIDs if dealing with pain/swelling from wisdom teeth
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Rinse with warm salty water if experiencing gum swelling around teeth
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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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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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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

If they're malpositioned or impacted discuss removal with your dentist
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Make sure you take care of them like any other tooth in the mouth
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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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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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