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If you break or loose a tooth, chances are good that you will realize it fairly quickly. The blood, pieces of tooth, the space in your mouth and the pain and swelling are fairly obvious indicators of dental distress, even if you did not go to dental school. But a cracked tooth? That can be a different matter entirely.

The problem with a cracked tooth is that there may be very few symptoms. In many cases, a crack in a tooth is not visible even to your dentist. Some cracks may be so fine that they don’t even show up on dental X-rays. Visible or not, a crack in your tooth will still permit bacteria to enter it, which could result in a cavity or even a root canal if the infection is not addressed and the damage repaired. But if some cracks are so small that they are “under the dental radar”, how do you know if you have one? The best indicator is pain. It may be sharp or dull, but most important, it will be brief. You may notice it when you bite down or chew, or when you eat or drink something hot, cold or sweet. When that brief pain occurs, make a note of what you were doing when you felt it, and where in your mouth it was. That will give your dentist a good place to start when he goes starts looking for the problem. Depending on the severity of crack, you may need a crown, or if an infection has set in, you may require a root canal.

Naturally, you will want to see your dentist if you have a cracked tooth. But in reality, any time that you notice any pain in your mouth, a change in the color or texture of your mouth and teeth, or a strange or unpleasant taste or odor, you need to make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Sapan Parikh. If you live in the Somerset, New Jersey, are and would like to plan a visit to Platinum Dental Group, call 732-828-0606 today.