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Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Man with pain in mouthCracked tooth syndrome occurs when certain teeth have cracks in them that are too small to be seen on an X-Ray. Occasionally the cracks will extend below the gum line. Cracked tooth syndrome is seen most often in the lower back molars, as these teeth absorb the most force when you chew your food.

Cracked tooth syndrome can also be caused by bruxism, which is the clenching and grinding of teeth. Too much force caused by bruxism can cause certain teeth to crack.

Lastly, any teeth that have undergone root canals or have large fillings may be more prone to cracking. This is because these procedures can weaken the tooth. Those with cracked teeth will be more prone to them in the future, so it’s important to know the symptoms.

Symptoms of Cracked Tooth Syndrome

  • Pain when chewing or biting food. This won’t be a constant ache like that caused by an abscess or cavity. It will only hurt when pressure is applied.
  • Sensitivity to cold temperatures.
  • A piece of the tooth may break off if the crack gets too big. Be careful as this can cause an infection to develop.
  • Fistulas on the gums. These are bumps on the gums that look a bit like pimples and may ooze pus.


Obviously, treatment will depend on how deep and severe the crack is. Around 20% of those with cracked tooth syndrome will need a root canal to fix the problem, but in some cases, your tooth may need to be extracted. This will become necessary if the crack affects the root of the tooth.

If you clench or grind your teeth or if you’re exhibiting any of the symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome, it’s important to contact Meadows Family Dental immediately. Our office is located in Castle Rock, Colorado. 

Posted on Jul 25, 2016
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