Ouch! Something Cracked

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, July 25, 2011

If this happens to you, you may have a very commonly occurring problem in one of your teeth, a cracked tooth.

Teeth may crack when subjected to stress of chewing hard foods or ice, or by biting on an unexpected hard object. Teeth with or without restorations may exhibit this problem, but teeth restored with typical silver alloy restorations are most susceptible.


  • Pain on chewing.
  • Pain on cold air application.
  • Unsolicited pan (usually leakage of sugar into tooth crack).
  • No radiographic evidence of problem.
  • No dental decay present.
  • Easy verification of crack when tooth is prepared for restoration.


Simple Crack: The majority of cracked teeth (about 9 out of 10) can be treated by placement of a simple crown (cap) on the tooth. When the tooth is prepared for the crown and a temporary restoration is placed, the pain usually leaves immediately.  If this is the case with your tooth, the final crown can be placed without a problem on your next appointment and the condition should be solved.

Complex Crack: Occasionally (about 1 in 10) the tooth cracks into the pulp (nerve) of the tooth. If pain persists after placement of the temporary crown, you may have a crack into the pulp of the affected tooth. Call your dentist. This tooth may require endodontics (root canal therapy) before the final crown is placed.  This will typically require about tw0 additional appointments before the final crown is then placed.

Call Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley, P.S., at 509-928-9100 if you suspect you may have a cracked tooth.  It won’t go away!

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