Overview of Cracked Tooth Syndrome (CTS)
Teeth with Cracked Tooth Syndrome (CTS) usually have fractures that are too small to be seen on X-rays. Sometimes the fracture is below the gum line, making it even more difficult to identify. Cracked Tooth Syndrome (CTS) usually takes place in molars, frequently lower molars, which absorb most of the forces of chewing. Group who grind or clench their teeth are more vulnerable to Cracked Tooth Syndrome (CTS) because of the constant forces put on their teeth.
Causes of Cracked Tooth Syndrome (CTS)
Some of the causes of Cracked Tooth Syndrome (CTS) can be as follows:-
- Chew Up Ice, Pens, Pencils, Jaw Breakers, Etc
- The Bruxism Or Chronic Teeth Grinding Syndrome
- Large Fillings Making A Tooth Weak
- The Brittleness Of Your Tooth Following A Root Canal Treatment
- Misalignment Of Teeth
Symptoms of Cracked Tooth Syndrome (CTS)
Cracked Tooth Syndrome (CTS) is typically characterized by sharp fleeting pain when releasing biting pressure on an object. The tooth may hurt sometimes when you bite or chew. The sensitivity or pain can be mild or intense. It may last a brief time or a long time. It may be painful only when you eat certain foods or when you bite in a specific way. You will not feel a constant ache, as you would if you had a cavity or abscess. The tooth may be more sensitive to cold temperatures. The pain is often inconsistent, and frequently hard to reproduce.
Diagnosis of Cracked Tooth Syndrome (CTS)
Dentist carries out a Physical examination, X-Ray may be carried out but it is difficult to detect micro cracks in X- Rays. A Bite-Test is commonly performed to confirm the diagnosis, in which the patient bites down on either a Cotton swab |Q-tip], cotton roll, or an instrument called a Tooth Slooth.
Treatment of Cracked Tooth Syndrome (CTS)
Treatments for Cracked Tooth Syndrome (CTS) do not always relieve the symptoms. Treatment depends on:
- Where the crack is
- How deep it is
- How large it is
Following treatments are usually carried out:-
- Stabilization (Core Buildup). A composite bonded restoration placed in the tooth or a band is placed around the tooth or to minimize flexing.
- Tooth Crown. Sometimes a crack affects one or more cusps of a tooth. These are the highest points of the tooth. In this case, the tooth may be fixed with a crown.
- Root Canal Therapy. Some cracks affect the pulp: the center of the tooth, where the nerves and blood vessels are. In that case, the tooth will need root canal treatment. After a root canal, the tooth will no longer be sensitive to temperature, but it still will respond to pressure.
- Tooth Extraction. In some cases, the tooth may need to be removed. Some cracks affect the root of the tooth in the jaw. There is no way to fix this type of crack. If your tooth is removed, you can have it replaced with an implant or a bridge.
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