Fractured Teeth: Signs and Symptoms

Fractured teeth in children are fairly common and happen for a variety of reasons, such as biting down on hard candy, being hit in the mouth by a ball, teeth grinding, or tooth decay.

Keep reading to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of cracked teeth and prevent further problems.

Fractured Teeth: Signs and Symptoms

Here are the most common fractured tooth symptoms:

  • Pain or discomfort when biting into food
  • Pain or discomfort when teeth are exposed to hot or cold temperatures
  • Pain when eating sweet, sour, or sticky foods
  • Sharp pain that quickly disappears
  • Slight cracks in your molars

Instead of causing consistent dull pain, fractured teeth cause sharper pain that comes and goes.

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How Fractured Teeth Are Fixed

Treatment for a fractured tooth depends on the type of fracture that occurs:

  • Craze lines are small cracks that only affect the outer enamel of the teeth. These fractures typically do not require treatment.
  • Cracked teeth occur when the tooth cracks from the chewing surface to the root, but is not yet split in half. If the crack reaches the pulp (area of the tooth made of living tissue), the tooth can typically be fixed with a root canal
  • Split teeth occur when cracked teeth are left untreated. When teeth are split in half, the whole tooth cannot be saved, but sometimes a portion of the tooth may be saved with a root canal. 
  • Fractured cusps happen when a piece of the chewing surface of the tooth chips off. Fractured cusps are not typically painful and can usually be fixed with a filling or crown.
  • Vertical root fractures are cracks that start at the root of the tooth instead of the chewing surface. These types of fractures are typically treated by removing the entire tooth. Sometimes the tooth can be saved through endodontic surgery.

Visit Your Local Kool Smiles Today

If your child is experiencing fractured tooth symptoms, bring him or her to your local Kool Smiles dentist office for treatment.

Our dentists will be able to tell if your child’s tooth is cracked and what the best course of treatment will be. Give us a call to make an appointment today.

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Sources:

AAE: http://www.aae.org/patients/symptoms/cracked-teeth.aspx

AAE: http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/endodontic-surgery.aspx

Bundoo: https://www.bundoo.com/articles/chipped-tooth-child/

Colgate: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/procedures/fillings/article/what-is-a-filling

Colgate: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/procedures/root-canals/article/illustrations-root-canal-treatment-from-start-to-finish