Cracked tooth syndrome, or CTS, can be one of the hardest conditions to diagnose – teeth suffering from CTS usually have fractures that are much too small to be seen on X-rays. In some cases, the fracture is underneath the gum line which is extremely difficult to spot. Individuals who grind or clench their teeth are at risk of having CTS because of the constant and continuous pressure put on their teeth. In this blog, our Ventura County dentist explains symptoms, prevention, and treatment for CTS.
Those who suffer from CTS experience a fair amount of pain when chewing or biting down. Although it won’t happen every time, there’s a chance the tooth may feel pain only when you bite a specific way. If left undiagnosed and untreated, the fracture can grow and eventually make the tooth loose. Some patients go months with not knowing their pain and discomfort is consistent with CTS because of its symptomatic inconsistencies and difficulty to diagnose.
One of the main causes of CTS is added pressure to your teeth, often resulting from constant grinding. If you grind or clench your teeth, you should discuss treatment options with your dentist. If you are grinding your teeth at night, for example, your dentist may suggest that you wear a mouth guard to relieve the pressure.
The treatments for CTS vary, depending on the location, direction, and extent of the crack. A tooth crack can be as minor as a superficial fracture on the outer layer of the tooth or as serious as a deep crack that splits the root and exposes the nerve. If the crack involves just the surface of your tooth, your dentist may recommend that the tooth be restored with a crown. If the fracture is at risk of exposing the nerve, however, you may need to undergo a root canal. In the most extreme and serious cases, the tooth may need to be extracted – in these instances, a dentist can replace the tooth with an implant or bridge.
To make an appointment with our Ventura County dentist, call Mark Weitzman, D.D.S. today at (805) 295-8896.