Cracked ToothYour teeth can be weakened over time due
pressure from biting and chewing. The force from biting down on a hard object like ice or a popcorn kernel can sometimes cause a tooth to crack. Symptoms of a cracked tooth may include pain when
biting or chewing, and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or to sweet and sour foods. Treatment for this condition will depend on the location and
direction of the crack as well as the extent of the damage.
Your dentist at Highworth Dental Care will be
able to perform a variety of tests to help diagnose whether a cracked tooth is causing your tooth pain. Such tests include a percussion test where the dentist will gently tap on areas of the tooth or surrounding teeth to help identify the precise location of the pain. A biting pressure test, using a “biting stick” or cotton tip applicator, may be used to determine what area of the tooth is causing the pain. The cold air test uses a gentle stream of cold air blown directly on the different areas of the tooth to figure out where the sensitivity
is coming from.
In addition, all our surgeries at Highworth
Dental Care are equipped with modern intra oral cameras, which allows your dentist to take images of your teeth that can be magnified to identify problems
more readily and help communicate those problems to you.
Once your dentist has diagnosed the cause of
your toothache, they will explain to you what is involved in fixing the problem and possibly prescribe you medication to help alleviate the symptoms in the
meantime. In cases of severe pain, it is often difficult to determine the exact cause. Of course, if left untreated, your symptoms will only worsen over time.