Cracked tooth

How to Identify Cracked Tooth Syndrome

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your mouth every time you eat or drink a hot or cold drink, particularly around your molars, you may have what is known as cracked tooth syndrome. Unfortunately, this condition involves a crack that is too small to be visible in an x-ray, and can be difficult to detect if it exists under the gum.

Cracked tooth syndrome can occur for a number of reasons and in a number of instances, including:

  • Grinding or clenching
  • Large tooth fillings
  • The formation of your bite may put too much pressure on a single tooth
  • Teeth that have undergone a root canal treatment


Cracked Tooth Syndrome and Avoiding Tooth Extraction

Some patients note that they have been experiencing pain for several months and are not sure why. Some think the discomfort will eventually go away on its own so they continue to keep putting off an oral care evaluation. Here’s why you should seek dental attention if the symptoms and causes mentioned above sound familiar to you:



  • Since cracked tooth syndrome is very difficult to diagnose, it’s necessary for your dentist to complete an oral examination, which can include radiographs and the use of a fiber optic hand piece for detection. 
  • Your dentist will also consider your dental history, as people with a history of cracked teeth are prone to have others at the same time or in the future.
  • Treatment options include bonding, placing a crown, performing a root canal, or in severe cases, extraction. 
  • Your treatment option will depend on the location and severity of the crack, which is why it’s important to schedule an appointment right away at Eastgate Dental Centre. Without fully understanding the scope of the crack, you will not know your best option for treatment. 
  • If you neglect to have the problem fixed, the crack will get bigger and a piece of tooth can break off. If and when this happens, it’s highly likely that you will develop a gum infection around the fractured tooth.
  • The infection can cause an abscess, a pimple-like bump, to appear on the gum near the tooth. Contact your dentist as soon as possible if this happens. 

Quality Dental Care You Can Rely On from Your Hamilton Dentist

The Eastgate Dental Centre is a multi-discipline practice that offers complete dental care in a welcoming and comfortable setting. Our professional team consists of general practitioners, dental hygienists, denturists and specialists. By having experienced dental providers from several different fields of dentistry, including orthodontics, endodontics, and periodontics, our general practitioners have the ability to obtain expert advice and refer you to a specialist on staff if necessary. Eastgate Dental Centre has some of the best oral surgeons in Hamilton, as well as the latest equipment and technology in the industry. This means we can efficiently and successfully carry out any surgical dental procedure, and keep you relaxed throughout the entire process. 


Contact us today at 905-560-2714 to schedule a consultation or fill out our online form for general questions about cracked tooth syndrome, dental hygiene, oral care treatments and dental implants in Hamilton. Our facility is fully equipped to handle emergencies and new patients from Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Grimsby and the GTA. We are open 7 days a week for your convenience.

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