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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. Kayvon Javid
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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 ...Read more


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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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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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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

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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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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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 really: "cracked tooth syndrome" is what we use to describe a tooth that usually acts normal but if you bite a certain way you get a shooting pain. A crown is the treatment of choice. The crack is not usually detectable. A cracked tooth is when a tooth fractures. This is usually caused by underlying decay that weakens the tooth or by a very large filling. This almost always shows up on an x-ray or exam. ...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. .

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.


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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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Does this sound like cracked tooth syndrome? When i bite or chew hard things, it hurts in the left rear of my mouth and my dentist couldn't find anything on the x-ray. He said there was no cavity, and i can't figure out any other reason it would hurt. .

"Cracked : "cracked teeth" are often hard to detect. Some of the clues that we can use when xrays are normal include: 1. No prior restoration (filling) with pain to biting can suggest a crack/fracture. 2. Use of a tooth sleuth or bite stick to test different corners of the tooth could detect a weak point. 3. A cbct (cone beam ct) can help visualize a fracture 4. Pulp testing can determine if a particular tooth is more sensitive to thermal stimuli than other teeth. ...Read more

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Will it hurt to get a cracked tooth fixed?

Will it hurt to get a cracked tooth fixed?

Painless: dental treatment may sound like an oxymoron, but new techniques and advanced anesthesia are making it a reality for many patients. It helps you to save cracked teeth, maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and improve your general health. ...Read more

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What can I do about a faded or cracked tooth?

What can I do about a faded or cracked tooth?

Filling or crown: Depending on how badly and deeply the tooth is cracked it can be fixed with a composite (white) filling or it may need a crown. If it is only cosmetic and in the front a veneer can also be placed. ...Read more

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