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Medicine For Cracked Tooth Syndrome
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
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
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
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 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
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? .
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
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
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..
Most bizarre: Unfortuantely, cts is one of the most bizarre things we deal with--and very difficult to diagnose accurately. Most will never "feel" the event that cracked it--as it can occur during sleep when clenched--usually on a tooth with old silver filling or large cavity. Pain to biting pressure (sometimes), non-lingering pain to hot and cold temp changes are typical. Best results if treated early! ...Read more
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 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
No: A pain killer will not repair a fracture and possible underlying cavity (infection). There's no gel, ointment, herb, salve, paste, or other OTC that will fix a broken tooth. You need professional help fast. Please see a Dentist for the appropriate treatment before the crack becomes irreparable. ...Read more
Yes, but...: Yes, and we do that all the time. However, that area of the tooth takes a lot of stress, and unless you are very careful, it is likely to break again. When that happens can be days, weeks, months, years or never. It would help to know the reason it broke, and that would determine the best way to restore the tooth, namely bonding, laminate or a crown. Discuss options with your own dentist. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the angle of the x-ray and the projection of your tooth relative to the x-ray. ...Read more
Root canal or crown: Teeth without symptoms nor decay do not need treatment. If a tooth is sensitive to cold or sweets and has a crack associated with these symptoms, but does not hurt to bite on ever, then perhaps a filling is recommended. If an instant sharp pain is felt upon biting or the release from biting at specific times, then a crown is first recommended. If it has a crown, then a root canal is recommended. ...Read more
Not uncommon: A tooth restored with amalgam filling does not reinforce your teeth and it is common to see cracks and ultimately fractures of your teeth caused by the way the tooth is wedged with a metal filling between its cusp tips. Like any other filling, amalgam should be replaced with crown when cracks exist. ...Read more
Can\Should?: It is essential to try to determine the extent, depth and location of the crack. Some teeth can be protected & saved with a crown (+RCT\?), while others are hopeless & doomed to failure even with a crown, and sometimes we are unsure and crown the tooth with the hope it will be a long-lasting restoration. It would be great if we had better diagnostic tools and a crystal ball. Listen to DDS. ...Read more
Cracked Tooth: The best course of action at this juncture would be to be evaluated by a dental professional. Early treatment is always best. Good luck! ...Read more
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