If you lose, break or chip a tooth, you will notice it right away. If you have a cavity or an infection, at some point, you will become aware of it. But what about a cracked tooth? It is possible to have a crack in your tooth and not be aware of it. Many cracks are so small that they will not show up during an examination. Some cracks are not even visible on a dental x-ray. Be that as it may, a crack, no matter how small can still allow bacteria into your tooth which can result in an infection that could lead to an abscess or a lost tooth.
If a crack cannot be seen, how can you know if you have one? One indicator of a cracked tooth is a pain. But it will probably not be a persistent pain. It may be a sharp or dull pain, but it will not last long. Usually, you will experience it when you are biting or chewing, or the tooth is exposed to cold or hot temperatures. When that pain or discomfort strikes, you should make a note of when it occurred, what you were doing when it happened, and where in your mouth you felt the pain. That will give the dentist an idea of where to look.
The dentist may be able to solve the problem with a filling or a crown, or if the damage is severe enough, a root canal or extraction may be required. Remember that whenever you feel pain in your mouth or teeth, you should make an appointment to see your dentist.
If you have intermittent pain or sensitivity in your teeth, you should not wait until a slight pain becomes a serious one. You should call Associates in Dentistry in Enfield, Connecticut at 860-745-2712 to schedule a visit with our dentist, Dr. Alexander Zubkov. Our goal is to give you a strong and healthy smile.