When you bite down you feel a sharp pain. It quickly disappears and perhaps you ignore it. You avoid certain food or chew on one side of your mouth. Does this sound familiar? You may have a cracked tooth.
A cracked tooth can result from many causes:
An untreated crack may eventually cause tooth fracture and possibly nerve damage that would result in the need for root canal treatment.
Treatment depends on the severity of the crack. It may be able to be restored with a filling, onlay or crown. A severely cracked tooth may need extraction.
Tiny cracks are common and usually do not cause problems. Regular dental checkups allow problems to be diagnosed and treated in the early stages. If you have pain, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and call for an appointment to have the tooth checked.