Has it ever happened that you felt a sharp pain when you bite or chew food? You might feel that it is due to sensitivity. It can also happen that the pain goes away and you ignore the situation completely. But later you may start chewing your food from the opposite side and will avoid eating certain kind of food.
If you face such problems than there are chances that you have a cracked tooth. Yes you heard it right. One can get cracked tooth due to various reasons such as:
So the question that appears next is, how to know whether the tooth is actually cracked? There are chances that you might not even know which part is hurting the most is it a tooth from the upper jaw or the lower one. Cracked tooth can appear like a hairline fracture which is not visible to the eye. There are chances that they are not even showing up in x-rays. In this case only your dentist can help you out. He or she can reach out to the tooth that is hurting and all you need to do is just inform the area where you can feel sensitivity the rest will be taken care of by them.
The cracked tooth hurts because the pressure that is caused due to biting or chewing causes the crack to open up. Once the crack opens up exposing the pulp inside, the tooth may become irritated. This pulp is a soft tissue that contains nerves and blood vessels. Sometimes the extent of the crack can be such that only root canal treatment can save the tooth.
The treatment options will depend upon severity of the case. It can be anything from bonding to root canal. If your tooth is severely damaged that extraction is the only option left. But then your dentist is the right person to answer this.
To avoid these issues it is advised to visit your dentist after every 6 months so that your dentist can diagnose the issue beforehand. This will help to treat them in early stages.