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Detecting a Cracked Tooth

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


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