Cracked Tooth Syndrome can be described as Dental Pain that originates from a Hairline or Incomplete Fracture of a Tooth. Pain is usually associated with Biting or Chewing on the affected tooth.
Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth can be:
There are multiple risk factors for Cracked Teeth. Some of these factors are:
Left Untreated, there is a Potential for the Incomplete Fracture to turn into a Complete Fracture involving a larger portion of the tooth. The Severity of the Fracture often determines the treatment options for the tooth. In most cases, a Crown or Porcelain Onlay is indicated to prevent further breaking of the tooth.
Ultimately, there is no way to tell if or when a tooth is going to crack. That is mainly influenced by individual patient factors and habits. But more importantly, there is no way to tell how badly the Tooth is going to crack. Severe fractures can travel deep enough into the tooth to reach the nerve chamber; which is what happened to the tooth in the above picture. You can see the crack that began near the biting surface of the tooth has traveled down into the pulp chamber. As a result, a Root Canal needed to be performed.
This is the worst possible outcome for the patient because the only remaining treatment option is extraction of the broken tooth, and costly replacement with an Implant Borne Restoration or Conventional Fixed Bridge. What is interesting to note in the picture above is that the tooth that broke was a completely healthy, unrestored natural tooth. This shows that Cracked Tooth Syndrome can affect any tooth; even healthy, unrestored ones.