A cracked tooth may cause pain which can come and go, making locating the crack difficult. An untreated cracked tooth can lead to further complications and you should visit your dentist if you suspect one of your teeth is cracked.
- Symptoms include swollen gums, pain when eating, tooth sensitivity and discomfort.
- Your dentist may need to use a dental explorer instrument, dental dye or an X-ray to locate a cracked tooth.
- To prevent a cracked tooth, avoid hard foods, stop bad habits like pen chewing and wear a sports mouthguard.
“If a person grinds their teeth or clenches their jaw in their sleep, they may wish to talk to their dentist about wearing a mouthguard at night.”
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