If you’ve ever been enjoying a bite of food and noticed pain when you bit down, or an ache when drinking an icy beverage, you may have been experiencing signs of cracked tooth syndrome. That means that it is time to give your dentist a call and make an appointment. Often, a microfracture in a tooth is too small to be seen to the naked eye and requires an x-ray to determine. Plus, there’s a large range of symptoms and severity. That’s what makes cracked tooth syndrome one of the trickier conditions to diagnose. There are many different causes and types of cracks that can occur in your teeth, so we'll explore some of that as well as what your treatment options are.
What Causes Cracked Tooth Syndrome?
According to Medical News Today, cracked tooth syndrome can be caused by an injury to your mouth or biting down on an unexpected piece of hard food. However, it can also happen over time due to age. In addition to standard wear and tear, you can get cracks in teeth from grinding or from abrupt changes in temperature like drinking ice water after taking a mouthful of too-hot food. It's important to note that this syndrome is common, and its causes are often accidental, noty due to a lack of proper oral hygiene or habits.