A cracked tooth is not always visible and can be hard to detect. An untreated cracked tooth can lead to further pain and dental issues, therefore you should visit your dentist if you suspect one of your teeth is cracked.
- Symptoms include pain when biting, sensitivity, swelling and discomfort around the teeth and gums.
- Impact injury, teeth grinding and biting on hard food items can cause teeth to crack.
- A dentist will need to examine your teeth to identify if a tooth is cracked and may use a dental explorer tool to feel for any cracks.
“During the examination, the dentist will check the gums for signs of inflammation because cracks in teeth tend to irritate the gums. They may also ask the person to bite down on something, to try and pinpoint the source of the pain.”
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