Even the most experienced dentist can have difficulty detecting a cracked tooth as the damage can often be microscopic and invisible to the human eye. If a cracked tooth appears to be the cause of pain, tooth sensitivity or discomfort, the dentist has several ways of locating the crack such as:
– Using a high-powered magnifying glass
– Using a dental explorer (a pointed dental instrument) which catches on rough ridges on the teeth
– Using a dental dye to expose any crack
If necessary, the “dentist may take an X-ray of the teeth” to detect possible problems at the root of the teeth. Further information about cracked teeth can be found at https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322015.php.