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Why is a Cracked Tooth So Painful?

Dental Procedure Roswell GA

A cracked tooth is often something you’ll feel before you see. In fact, many tooth cracks can produce excruciating pain or sensitivity, yet they may only be detected with a dental x-ray. If you suddenly notice a sharp but quickly dissipating pain when you bite down or chew, a cracked tooth is a likely culprit.

What Causes a Tooth to Crack?

Your teeth are made of the strongest substance in your entire body. Unfortunately, they can still suffer damage. There are numerous reasons why a tooth gets a crack, including the following:

  • Eating hard foods (nuts, hard candy, ice)
  • Trauma/Injury to the mouth
  • Teeth grinding or clenching
  • Uneven chewing pressure
  • Root canal treatment of brittle teeth
  • Decayed/Weakened tooth
  • A large filling or other restoration

What Causes a Cracked Tooth to Hurt?

Most cracked tooth cases involve a hairline vertical crack in the tooth. It can be surprising why such a tiny tooth fracture causes so much pain when you chew. The reason is that the crack will often open up when you bite down and put pressure on the tooth. This exposes the pulp or inner portion of the tooth where your tooth nerves reside. Even the slightest bit of air or temperature change can irritate the pulp and cause unbearable sensitivity. If you ignore a cracked tooth too long, the tooth center can become diseased or decayed, which will warrant root canal therapy to save your tooth.

Do you think you may have a cracked tooth? Seek treatment sooner rather than later. Dr. Mitzi Morris can repair your cracked, chipped or broken teeth with the best that modern dentistry has to offer. If caught early, small vertical tooth fractures can be repaired using dental bonding – a quick and affordable procedure at our Roswell office.

Posted on the behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

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  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

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  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

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