All types of emergencies need appropriate treatment in a timely manner in order to produce the best possible outcomes. However, not all dental emergencies present themselves with obvious signs and symptoms – or, certain signs are overlooked. A cracked tooth is considered to be a dental emergency, yet many people ignore the symptoms and leave their mouths vulnerable to infection and severe consequences. While some people realize immediately that they have cracked a tooth, many others are unaware of the damage simply because they do not know the signs to look for.
If you crack a tooth by biting down on a piece of ice or hard candy, most of the time you will know it immediately. There is typically extreme pain involved, and “living with the pain” is rarely something anyone tries to do. This immediate pain is a clear sign that a dental emergency has occurred and should be addressed by your dentist. Making an appointment to see your dentist for treatment needs to be a priority in order to save the tooth and protect the entire mouth. However, not all cracked teeth present themselves with such obvious symptoms. Knowing all of the signs of a cracked tooth will help you receive appropriate treatment in a timely manner.
Other signs of a cracked tooth include:
- Sharp pain or discomfort when chewing. The pain will be intense when pressure is on the tooth, but once the pressure is taken off the pain will be relieved.
- Tooth sensitivity to cold, hot, sweet, and sour foods and/or beverages
- Inconsistent pain in a tooth throughout the day
- A visible line through a tooth
- Discoloration of a single tooth
If any of these signs or symptoms of a cracked tooth are present inside your mouth, it is imperative that you visit your dentist for evaluation. A crack in a tooth allows bacteria and tiny bits of debris to enter into the inner layers of the tooth, causing an infection from the inside out. An infection that is not treated properly can kill a tooth (which is quite painful), and the infection can quickly spread to neighboring teeth and throughout the entire gum line.
At Huebner Smiles, we are here for all of your oral health care needs. If you have any signs of a cracked tooth, please contact our practice today.