Are you experiencing a toothache? You may have looked in the mirror but can’t seem to find the source of the pain. There doesn’t appear to be any problems visually. The pain could be due to a crack in your tooth. Sometimes, the crack can be so small that an x-ray can also miss it! However, don’t mistake the pain for being small too. The pain of a cracked tooth can be quite intense, despite the size of the crack!
The crack in your tooth can sometimes lay underneath the gum which can be difficult to detect. Usually, this happens to the back molars of your teeth and can be a result of grinding or clenching your teeth from your natural bite. Only a dental professional can diagnose a cracked tooth. It is best to seek help as soon as possible if you are in any pain.
Symptoms of a cracked tooth often include:
- Pain when chewing or biting, especially when you release the bite sensitivity to heat, cold, or sweetness
- Pain that comes and goes (rarely continuous)
- Swelling of the gum around the affected tooth
To help detect a crack in your tooth, at Oradental we use a fibre optic equipment. Treatment usually requires bonding and/or placing a crown over the tooth, depending on the patient’s needs. Sometimes we may need to do a root canal or extraction depending on the severity of the problem.
Contact us at Oradental in Scarborough, Toronto for any tooth pain problems as soon as possible. You never know how severe the problem may be until you have it checked by a dental professional. The sooner you come in, the sooner we can fix the problem!