These Five Dental Symptoms Could Point to a Cracked Tooth
Many people who come to their dentist with specific symptoms are surprised to learn that the cause is a cracked tooth. This is because they can often crack where you can’t see them. Check out these five dental symptoms that could be pointing to a cracked tooth, then contact California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 if you would like to make an appointment with a local California dentist.
- It Hurts When You Chew
- You Do Not Have Constant Pain
- Your Tooth Pain is Worse When You Eat Sugary Foods
- Your Teeth Are Sensitive to Cold
- You Have Not Noticed Visible Signs of Decay or Other Dental Issues
Often the first sign of a cracked tooth, if it hurts when you chew, you should visit your dentist. How much it will hurt and when it will hurt will depend on how serious the crack is and where on the tooth the crack is located. You might have just mild pain, or you could have severe pain. You might only have pain when eating certain types of foods.
If you only experience pain during certain times, then it is more likely to be a cracked tooth than something like a cavity or gum disease. When these dental issues cause pain, they are generally accompanied by a throbbing, constant pain.
xWhen people experience pain when eating sugary foods, they often assume that they have a cavity and need to get a dental filling. This might be the case, as pain when eating a sugary food is a sign of a cavity. However, it is also a sign of a cracked tooth. The good news is that you do not have to figure out which one you are dealing with – your dentist can easily do that.
If you find that every time you bite into a scoop of ice cream or drink something that is very cold your tooth hurts, then this is a red flag as well. Of course, this can also be a sign of a cavity. However, unlike a cavity, cracked teeth are generally not sensitive to hot foods.
Generally speaking, you can see cavities. Even if you cannot see the cavity itself, you can likely see decay or small holes. If you have a chipped tooth, that will be easy to see too. If you cannot see any of these and still have pain in your tooth, then there is a good chance that it is caused by a cracked tooth.
The best option is to contact your local dentist and let us help you find the right solution for your particular needs. You can call California Dental Group at (800) 407-0161 to set up an appointment. We will uncover the issue and offer solutions.