Cracked tooth syndrome
|Cracked tooth syndrome|
|Classification and external resources|
Cross-section of a posterior tooth.
Since there is a fairly extensive list of classifications for cracked teeth, it is often difficult for doctors to find a correct diagnosis.
Symptoms vary; however, CTS is typically characterized by sharp fleeting pain when releasing biting pressure on an object. This is because when biting down the segments are usually moving apart and thereby reducing the pressure in the nerves in the dentin of the tooth. When the bite is released the "segments" snap back together sharply increasing the pressure in the intradentin nerves causing pain. The pain is often inconsistent, and frequently hard to reproduce. If untreated, CTS can lead to severe pain, possible pulpal death, abscess, and even the loss of the tooth.
When diagnosing cracked tooth syndrome, a doctor takes many factors into consideration. A bite-test is commonly performed to confirm the diagnosis, in which the patient bites down on either a Cotton swab|Q-tip], cotton roll, or an instrument called a Tooth Slooth.
- Stabilization (core buildup) (a composite bonded restoration placed in the tooth or a band is placed around the tooth or to minimize flexing)
- Crown restoration (to do the same as above but more permanently and predictably)
- Root Canal therapy (if pain persists after above)