What are the Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth?

It’s not easy to tell if your child’s tooth is cracked and where the pain is coming from. If you think your child has a cracked tooth, see a dentist for an evaluation.

Contact the kid-friendly dentists at Kool Smiles to help relieve your child’s painful symptoms and repair the cracked tooth. 

Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth 

A cracked tooth is not always easy to see, even with an x-ray. Your child’s tooth may have a very tiny hairline crack that is invisible when you look at it.

While some cracks are barely noticeable, there are some recognizable symptoms of a cracked tooth. If your child complains of any of the following symptoms, you should have a dentist look at the tooth. 

  • Feels pain on and off when chewing food
  • Can chew comfortably only on one side of the mouth
  • Feels pain in the mouth for no reason
  • Is sensitive to hot and cold foods and drinks

An untreated cracked tooth could lead to further damage, infection inside the tooth, and even the need to replace the tooth, so it’s best to get it looked at as soon as possible.

How Did My Child Get a Cracked Tooth?

There are different ways a tooth can crack and some are more serious than others. Your child might have a cracked tooth if he or she:

  • Chews on hard candy, ice, or other hard objects
  • Has bitten down on a bone or pit
  • Has suffered an injury to the tooth
  • Grinds his or her teeth
  • Has had a cold drink after eating something very hot

Some cracks in the teeth are tiny, causing your child no pain. Other types of cracks affect the root of the tooth, and these are the most serious since they damage the part of the tooth that holds it in place.

A dentist can examine your child’s cracked tooth and determine what type of crack it is and how to repair it

Schedule an Appointment at Kool Smiles Today

Visit Kool Smiles to find a dentist who can examine your child’s cracked tooth and provide guidance on how to relieve the symptoms your child is experiencing. Call us today to make an appointment for your child.

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