A root canal infection can have a variety of causes—injury, tooth decay, trauma, or tooth cracks being just a few. Surprisingly, it can sometimes be difficult to detect a tooth crack that may be letting bacteria escape into the heart of your tooth. Understanding how to detect tooth cracks and how to prevent them in the first place are important ways to save your natural teeth so that you can maintain the lifestyle you want.
Signs of Cracked Teeth
If you experience one of the following symptoms, you most likely have a cracked tooth that could be causing a root canal infection:
- Chewing pain
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
- Tooth pain that comes and goes
A crack that extends down into the center of your tooth lets bacteria in, which can damage the tooth pulp within. Because your tooth pulp runs down into the tooth roots, infection can quickly spread to the surrounding bone and gums, causing further oral health issues. At the first signs and symptoms of tooth pain or a tooth crack, it is important to see endodontist Dr. Jon Jenson to discuss treatment methods. Restoring your tooth damage early on can save you time and money later.
While understanding the signs of cracked teeth is important, knowing how to prevent cracked teeth is even more crucial. The two biggest causes of cracked teeth are tooth grinding and biting on hard objects. If you notice yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, see your dentist about a night mouth guard. When eating, avoid biting down on hard objects like ice, popcorn kernels, pens, and other objects that might break your teeth.
At the first detection of a tooth crack or tooth pain, call Cascade Endodontics in Orem at 801-404-5810 to schedule an initial consultation.