Is Cracked Tooth Syndrome Causing You Pain?


Tooth PainYou bite down on something and wince because of a painful back tooth. Or you’ve developed an ache in a tooth that just won’t go away. Or how about this – only specific foods cause dental sensitivity, primarily in the area of your molars. Does this sound like you?

If the dentist has ruled out a cavity or an abscess, you may have cracked tooth syndrome. Dr. Fred Bast and Dr. John Bast help Fairbanks AK patients alleviate the discomfort of cracked tooth syndrome and experience a healthy smile.

The Source of Discomfort

Tiny cracks, sometimes on the surface of teeth and sometimes along the gumline, are responsible for this condition. Many times, the cracks are too small to be seen with the unaided eye, and they may not even show up on X-rays. Diagnosing this condition often depends on the experience and expertise of the dentist. Dr. Bast will perform a thorough examination to determine whether your discomfort is caused by cracked tooth syndrome.

An Elusive Nature

One of the most perplexing aspects of cracked tooth syndrome is that the pain isn’t consistent from person to person. And you may experience different types of discomfort with this issue. Sometimes, the pain can be throbbing. Other times, it may present itself as a constant ache. You may even go for stretches of time without discomfort.

Causes of Cracked Tooth Syndrome

This frustrating dental condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Teeth grinding/jaw clenching
  • Having a large filling in a tooth
  • A misaligned bite

Treating Cracked Tooth Syndrome

The treatment for cracked tooth syndrome depends on your individual needs. Sometimes a crown placed atop a compromised tooth is the way to go. The doctor may recommend a root canal for a tooth that has sustained internal damage. If you grind your teeth, a small acrylic nightguard can stop wear and tear on teeth to prevent further damage.

If you experience unexplained tooth pain, call us. We’ll help you regain a comfortable – and healthy – smile.