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In many cases of dental trauma, you will know right away if you have a problem You may lose or break a tooth, or you might notice a lost a crown or filling. A cavity or damaged root will cause you pain, and an abscess will cause pain and swelling.

You may have a cracked tooth, and not even know it. Often, cracks in teeth are not large. You may not be able to see it, and it your dentist may not detect it. A crack in your tooth may be so small that it doesn’t even show up on an x-ray. But if a cracked tooth is left untreated, you run the risk of bacteria entering the tooth, which could lead to a root canal or an extraction.

So if cracks are so small, how will you know if you have one? If you feel pain or sensitivity to heat or cold in your teeth, that may be an indicator of a crack. It may be a sharp or dull pain, but it will not be continuous, and it may only occur when you bite or chew, or drink something hot or cold.

The best way to pinpoint a cracked tooth is to make a note of when the pain occurred and what you were doing, eating or drinking when it happened. That will give the dentist a good idea of where to look.

Once the crack has been located, your dentist may want to fix it with a crown or a filling. If the damage is severe enough, a root canal may be needed or in an extreme case, your dentist may need to extract the tooth and later discuss replacement options with you.

Any time you experience pain or sensitivity in your mouth or teeth, you should contact our dentist, Dr. J. Whitley Wills right away. If you need to make an appointment at Dr. J. Whitley Wills in Memphis, Tennessee, call 901-726-9525 today. We’ll get you in as soon as possible.