Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Cracked tooth syndrome is a dental condition that can cause significant discomfort and pain. It occurs when a tooth has a crack or fracture that extends into the root, but it may not always be visible to the naked eye. This syndrome often goes undiagnosed because the symptoms can vary from person to person.

The symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome can range from intermittent pain when chewing or biting down to sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. In some cases, there may be no obvious signs at all until further damage occurs. If you experience any persistent dental pain or suspect you might have this condition, don't hesitate! Schedule an appointment with our endodontist right away for proper evaluation and appropriate treatment options tailored specifically for you.

Potential Causes of Cracked Tooth Syndrome 

  • Trauma: Any kind of trauma to the mouth, such as a fall or accident, can lead to a cracked tooth. The impact and force exerted on the teeth can cause cracks or fractures.
  • Teeth grinding: Chronic teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, puts excessive pressure on the teeth. Over time, this repeated grinding motion can weaken and crack the enamel.
  • Chewing hard foods: Biting down on hard foods like ice, nuts, or hard candies can put stress on your teeth. This repetitive action may eventually lead to a cracked tooth.
  • Tooth decay: Untreated cavities that penetrate deep into the tooth structure can weaken it and make it prone to cracking.
  • Large fillings: Teeth with large fillings are more susceptible to cracking since filling materials do not have the same strength as natural tooth structures.
  • Age-related wear and tear: As we age, our teeth naturally become more brittle due to years of use. This increases the risk of developing cracks in our teeth.

It's important to note that these are only potential causes of cracked tooth syndrome, but not every cracked tooth is necessarily caused by these factors. If you suspect you have a cracked tooth or experience any dental discomfort, it's best to consult with our endodontist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.

Treatment Options 

  • Dental bonding: This treatment involves using tooth-colored resin to repair the cracked tooth. The resin is applied and sculpted into shape, then hardened with a special light. It helps restore the appearance and function of the tooth.
  • Dental crown: A dental crown is a cap that covers the entire cracked tooth, providing strength and protection. It can be made from various materials, such as porcelain or metal alloys, depending on the specific needs of the patient.
  • Root canal therapy: If the crack extends into the pulp of the tooth, root canal therapy may be necessary to remove infected tissue and prevent further damage or infection.
  • Extraction: In severe cases where other treatments are not feasible or effective, extraction may be recommended to alleviate pain and prevent complications.
  • Dental implant: After extraction, a dental implant can replace the missing tooth by surgically implanting an artificial one into your jawbone for stability and functionality.
  • Partial denture or bridge: These options are suitable when multiple teeth are affected by cracking or damage, providing support for adjacent teeth while restoring aesthetics and function.

Prevention of Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Taking steps to prevent cracked tooth syndrome is crucial in maintaining good dental health. Here are some tips to help keep your teeth strong and avoid the risk of developing this condition.

  • Avoid chewing on hard objects: Be mindful when biting down on hard substances like ice, pens, or popcorn kernels. These can exert excessive force on your teeth and potentially lead to cracks.
  • Wear a mouthguard during physical activities: If you participate in contact sports or grind your teeth at night, wearing a mouthguard can provide protection against any accidental trauma that may result in cracked teeth.
  • Practice proper oral hygiene: Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily will help maintain healthy teeth and gums, reducing the likelihood of cracks due to decay or gum disease.
  • Visit our endodontist regularly: Regular dental checkups allow for early detection of any signs of tooth damage or decay before they progress into more severe issues like cracked tooth syndrome.
  • Consider orthodontic treatment if needed: Misaligned bites or crooked teeth can create uneven pressure while chewing, increasing the risk of cracks over time. Consulting with an orthodontist may be beneficial in preventing such issues from arising.

By implementing these preventive measures into your oral care routine, you can minimize the chances of experiencing cracked tooth syndrome and enjoy better overall dental health.


Cracked tooth syndrome is a common dental condition that can cause discomfort and pain. It occurs when a tooth has a crack that extends into the dentin or pulp, causing sensitivity and other symptoms. While it may not always be easy to detect, proper diagnosis and treatment are crucial to prevent further damage.

Prevention is key in maintaining oral health and preventing cracked tooth syndrome. Thus, it's essential to practice good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing regularly. Additionally, wearing protective mouthguards during sports activities or if you grind your teeth can help reduce the risk of cracked teeth.

If you experience any signs or symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome, like tooth sensitivity upon biting or temperature changes, it's important to seek professional dental care promptly. Early detection and treatment can prevent further complications down the road.

Wish to learn more? Contact Big Apple Endodontics at (212) 980-7857 or visit our dental office located at 121 East 60th Street, Suite 4A, New York, NY 10022.


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