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Crack Down on Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Posted on June 13th, 2021

Augusta dentist, Dr. Jonathan Bullard at Bullard Dental, discusses causes, symptoms, and treatment of cracked tooth syndrome.Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS), also known as cracked cusp syndrome or split tooth syndrome, is a painful condition that results from a crack in one of your teeth. CTS can mean anything from a tiny hairline split in the crown to a fracture that goes all the way to the root. 

If you have a nasty toothache and remember biting down on something hard, it’s time to contact Dr. Jonathan Bullard. Don’t worry though, because the dental professionals at Bullard Dental are committed to giving you exceptional oral health care. To find out more about cracked tooth syndrome, read on.

Symptoms of Cracked Tooth Syndrome 

Although this condition can vary a little bit for everyone, here are some common signs you may have cracked tooth or cracked cusp syndrome:

  • Biting down in a certain area causes sharp pain
  • The pain goes away shortly after you have finished chewing or biting
  • You have localized sensitivity to hot or cold, and sticky, sweet, or sour foods
  • You find that you have begun favoring one side of your mouth for chewing denser food or all food
  • You notice sharp, localized pain while biting and immediately afterward (indicating the opening and closing of the crack)

What Causes Cracked Tooth Syndrome?

There are a number of things that cause teeth to crack, but it is usually one of the following culprits:

  • Facial/oral trauma
  • Chewing hard foods (nuts, hard candy, ice, etc.)
  • Teeth grinding 
  • A worn or damaged dental restoration
  • Damage from an improperly performed or unsuccessful root canal
  • A bite misalignment that causes uneven chewing pressure
  • Eating or drinking very hot and very cold foods/beverages at the same time

Treating Cracked Tooth Syndrome

No one in Augusta should have to deal with the pain and inconvenience of a cracked tooth. In addition to being extremely uncomfortable, CTS may allow nasty bacteria into the root and/or pulp chamber of the tooth. At that point, a root canal or even extraction will likely be necessary. 

If you think you have cracked tooth syndrome, visit Jonathan Bullard before it becomes serious! If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

 

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Written by Dr. Bullard

Dr. Bullard graduated cum laude from Augusta State University with a business administration and management degree. He served as vice president of his dental class at the Medical College of Georgia where he attained his DMD degree. Rather than entering into private practice directly after dental school, he furthered his education by completing a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center here in Augusta. Here he enriched his skills in diagnosis and treatment planning, endodontics, oral surgery, dental implants, and cosmetic dental procedures. Dr. Bullard is currently an Associate Fellow in the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is also in the process of attaining Diplomate Status in the American Board of Implant Dentistry. Diplomate Status in the ABOI is an internationally recognized achievement that involves hundreds of hours of dental implant training and multiple written and oral exams. Dr. Bullard is an active member of the Georgia Dental Association, American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Augusta Dental Society.

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