When you have a cracked tooth or teeth, chewing can cause movement of the cracked pieces of your tooth, and the pulp within the tooth becomes irritated. At the same time, when biting pressure is released, the crack can close quickly, resulting in sharp pain. Eventually, the pulp will become damaged and the tooth will consistently hurt, even when you are not chewing. It is possible that cracks can lead to infection of the pulp tissue, which can spread to the bone and gum surrounding the problematic tooth.
What are the symptoms of a cracked tooth or teeth?
Cracked teeth demonstrate many types of symptoms — including pain when chewing, temperature sensitivities, or even the release of biting pressure. It is also common for pain to come and go, making it difficult to diagnose the cause of discomfort.
If you are experiencing this type of pain, you’ll need to visit your general/restorative dentist or you’ll want to see a specialist right away.