Many of us have woken up in the middle of the night, or have had that slow nagging, aching pain that comes with a cavity or an abscessed tooth. Or you may have had an impact to your mouth, and found yourself with a lost or broken tooth. In all of those cases, you will know right away that you have a problem in your mouth. But what about a cracked tooth? You may have one, and not even be aware of it, since many cracks are too small to be seen during a dental exam, and may not even appear on an x-ray. But even a crack that small can allow bacteria to work its way into the tooth and infect the pulp.
So how will you know if you have a cracked tooth? One of the best indicators will be pain. It will not be a constant pain. It may be sharp or dull, but it will come and go very quickly. You will likely feel it when you bite or chew; or if your tooth is exposed to heat or cold or something sweet. If this happens to you, make a note of what you were doing when you felt the pain, and where in your mouth the pain occurred. That will help your dentist pinpoint the source of your problem.
Your dentist may be able to fix the problem with a filling or a crown. If the pulp of your tooth has become infected, you may need a root canal.
Any time you feel a pain in your mouth, you should make an appointment to see the dentist. If you are experiencing any dental discomfort, or if it is just time for your routine cleaning and exam, then you need to make plans to see our dentist, Dr. Mike Choe. To make an appointment at Westlake Family Dentistry in Fayetteville, North Carolina, call 910-864-2944 today.