What is Cracked Tooth Syndrome?

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Cracked Tooth Syndrome is quite literally, a crack in the tooth, and the symptoms created from this issue can be downright maddening.

Typically a condition that happens in the later years of life, people between the ages of 30 and 50 are most likely to experience the condition. Cracked Tooth Syndrome can cause many unwanted side effects like sensitivity to hot and cold, incredible pain when biting down, and an overall feeling of malaise or “unwell”.

Sometimes, a crack in the tooth can be so hairline that even dental x-rays won’t pick it up. This can prove challenging to treat if you’re not with a thorough dentist who stops at nothing to resolve your pain and symptoms.

Here at Wilmette Dental, we have treatments to help you get to feeling better, and smiling again, fast. If you suspect you may have Cracked Tooth Syndrome, waiting will not make the symptoms subside. In fact, the longer you wait, the more prone you are to a dental emergency that could cause infection or other unnecessary side issues.

So What Causes Cracked Tooth Syndrome?

The American diet lends itself to many types of foods that are crunchy, sharp, and require a strong jaw to break down. This includes chips, ice, hard candies, and things that require more out of our teeth than ever before.

So chewing on such things is a major, and leading cause of Cracked Tooth Syndrome. Also, eating something extremely hot, followed by something ice cold, can also put the tooth in shock to suddenly splinter. While not as often, this can happen moreso if the tooth has been compromised, or is “on its way out” anyway.

Physical trauma like a car wreck, bicycle or skating accident can also cause the tooth to fracture and splinter. This type of cause of course, would be obvious at the time of the incident and x-rays would simply confirm it. 

To avoid splintering of teeth, just go easy on your bites. Remember that your body is not invincible, and taking your time to calmly chew, break down your food into smaller pieces before placing them in your mouth, and staying away from common culprits like hard candy, etc is a great way to ensure you can avoid the condition. 

Of course, stay up on your routine checkups to ensure you don’t overlook a growing issue before it gets out of hand!

Thorough consultations and peace of mind are things you can expect as standard around here at Wilmette Dental. With Marquette graduates Dr. Robert Madrigal and Dr. Tom Moscinski who grew up Glenview and neighboring Batavia, our doctors have a passion for the people in the community. It’s because we care deeply, right down to the root.

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