We use all of our teeth every day, but the rear molars bear most of the brunt because we rely on them to do most of the chewing and tearing.  This constant impact puts the molars at a higher risk for cracking, over time.  Some of these cracks can be so small that they can’t be seen using x-ray technology alone.   “Cracked tooth syndrome” is the term for this kind of breakage that can also be caused by grinding or clenching.   A molar that has undergone a particularly invasive dental procedure has been weakened and is more vulnerable as a result.

The symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome may mimic those of some other dental issues.  You may feel the same kind of discomfort that is normally associated with tooth sensitivity or the pain may be more constant as with a toothache.  It may come and go but ignoring the pain may add to the seriousness of the condition.

If you are experiencing pain that can’t be attributed to any obvious injury or disease, your dentist will use specific tools and tests to determine if your tooth has been cracked.  Once it has been definitely defined cracked tooth syndrome will be treated according to the severity of the damage.  

Finding any dental problem before it can fester is the best way to guarantee a successful end result.  The Harman Family Dental Center provides services pertinent to patients of all ages.  Call the office @ 720-809-7789.