If you are worried about the state of humanity, you can rest assured that things are looking up….well, at least in terms of oral health. (we can’t really promise much in terms of war or global warming…)
People apparently have healthier mouths than they did ten years ago. On average, the number of cavities in the average mouth has dropped and people are keeping their natural teeth longer.
While this is great news, there are other dental problems that come with the extended amount of time that people are keeping their natural teeth. For example, people are more likely to need a variety of dental procedures when they keep their teeth longer. These procedures can leave the teeth weak and more prone to cracks. A cracked tooth can be hard to diagnose and can lead to oral problems such as infection or a broken tooth. That’s why at Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer treatment for cracked tooth problems in Lexington, SC.
What is a Cracked Tooth?
Sometimes a tooth can suffer from tiny cracks that can’t be seen by the human eye They are often hard to see because of their size or because the crack is under the gum. We call these cracks and the conditions they cause “cracked tooth syndrome” or CTS.
Many things can cause cracks in the teeth including:
- Grinding teeth
- Trauma to the tooth or area
- Procedures that weaken the tooth (i.e. root canal therapy)
- Teeth with large fillings
- Misaligned bite
What are the Symptoms of Cracked Tooth Syndrome?
There are several signs that you may suffer from CTS including:
- Pain when you chew or bite
- Sensitivity to cold temperatures
- A constant ache, similar to a toothache caused by decay
- Teeth that chip or break
- Pimples on the gum
Sometimes, it is hard to diagnose CTS because the pain can vary depending on the size of the crack and how deep it is. Some patients report mild pain while others report severe pain.
Treatment for Cracked Tooth Syndrome in Lexington, SC
At Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide treatment for CTS. The first step is diagnosing the condition. Dr. Brad Pitts will check several ways to see if you have a cracked tooth and determine its location. Depending on your situation, there are several ways to check for a cracked tooth. This process may involve X-rays, dying the tooth, examining the teeth with a bright light or using an instrument called an explorer.
Once you are diagnosed, Dr. Pitts will then determine the treatment that best fits your needs. Our treatments range from root canals to night guards. If you think that you may be suffering from cracked tooth syndrome, visit our office for relief from the pain and other symptoms. Visit us at Dr. Brad Pitts Family and Cosmetic Dentistry or call us today at (803) 808-1778.
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