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Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth occurs due to excessive grinding, chewing large foods, aging, and injury. Cracks on the tooth can appear as craze lines, fractured cusp, split tooth, vertical root fracture, and damages that extend beyond the gum line. The symptoms are pain in chewing, sensitivity to cold foods, and swelling. Management depends on the size of the crack.

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I have excruciating pain and swelling in my cracked tooth. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a cracked tooth which I believe needs a root canal and a crown that I think went bad. I am in excruciating pain. I have been to emergency rooms they have given me Clindamycin and Vicodin for pain but it barely touches the pain. I have been on antibiotics for two days. I thought...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your complaint and relevant details. You have mentioned you got a swelling. I just want to make sure if the swelling is confined close to the tooth or is it spreading? The severe pain along with fever and swelling confirms that the infection has gone bad. Clind...  Read Full »

I had a tooth removed and I feel the nearby tooth is going to fall or crack. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a tooth removed a while back, and the tooth next to it feels lower down, and I get toothache every so often my dentist said there is nothing wrong, but I feel it is going to fall out or crack and I have pain when I bite down. I cannot eat the rest off my teeth without really biti...  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There might be following conditions involved in your case, 1. The tooth you got extracted would be a bit higher and functioning before extraction, that would be used in your bite and the second tooth would be malaligned and a bit lower in height. Once it got extract...  Read Full »

What treatment should I get for a cracked tooth?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a cracked tooth. It hurts me a lot for a week. Now, I can eat only on one side of the mouth. What can I do to get relief?  Read Full »

Dr. K. Shobana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please say about the location of the cracked tooth. Please mention whether it is present in the front tooth or back tooth. If there is a pain, you can take Amoxycillin two tablets one at morning and night. You can also take Aceclopara (Aceclofenac with Paracetamol) for ...  Read Full »

I have pain due to an abscess in a cracked tooth. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had a cracked tooth that developed an abscess under it. It took two weeks to wait for the endodontist appointment, so I started taking an antibiotic when the abscess started to grow. Finally had my appointment today and the endodontist is keeping me on the antibiotic for one more wee...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Antibiotics for the abscess is always not the first choice to do actually. Moreover, you had mentioned that it is a cracked tooth. I wonder how deep is the crack so that it fits the criteria for root canal treatment. With all these kept in mind, I guess your endodontist...  Read Full »

I fell and cracked my fron tooth. The crack is not evident, but the tooth is sensitive. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, Three days ago, I fell on my face and cracked my right front tooth right in the middle, horizontally. You cannot see the crack with your bare eyes, but if you shine a light from the back of my tooth, you will see it correctly. It goes from the right to the left, and it stops two millim...  Read Full »

Dr. Iyer Parth Laxminarayan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is one of the most common complaints in routine dental practice. The fracture (hairline crack) might be only in the superficial structure (more likely in enamel than in dentin) of the tooth and not in the pulp (since it does not hurt). It requires minimal attentio...  Read Full »

I have four cracked teeth in the front of my lower jaw. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor,I have four cracked teeth and one that might be starting to crack. I looked it up, and it seems like they are craze lines or oblique supragingival cracks because I do not have any symptoms. Most of the cracks are not very noticeable and are only on the part of the tooth that is closer to w...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I will be answering your questions shortly. I will check the images and let you know more about it. Please feel free to revert in case of further queries. Thank you.   Read Full »

I have broken incisors. How can it be managed further?

Query: Hi doctor, I broke my front incisor in a car accident six years ago. The nerve was exposed. I never had insurance, so I did not get any treatment. What procedures can be done, and what is the cheapest? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your front tooth would have been almost dead by now because of the sudden impact on the tooth itself six years ago. There are also high chances for the tooth to be discolored. I advise you to take an X-ray for that particular tooth. If any infection is present, you shou...  Read Full »

I had a fall and hit my tooth, and noticed two horizontal crack lines. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had a fall and hit my tooth hard. Later I evaluated my teeth and noticed that two of them had horizontal crack lines. How can I fix them? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. There is the option to get tooth-colored composite material to apply over the area after grinding down the cracked lines. If the cracks are not visible easily then it is better to leave it like it. No need for cro...  Read Full »

How is a cracked molar treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a cracked molar tooth. My dentist drilled it down and put on a temporary. We waited for a week and the temporary hurt. He decided that I need crown lengthening, which I had done. I went back to the dentist after it healed for three weeks and had an impression for a crown. He had to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. A cracked tooth can be root canal treated depending on the direction of the crack within the tooth especially if it involves the vital part of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp is the vital part. When it is ...  Read Full »

I have a tooth crack visible in direct light. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a line going down my tooth that can only be seen under direct light. It looks a bit like a crack. I cannot feel it when I run my finger or tongue over it. Should I be worried?  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The line you have mentioned can be a fracture line that is sometimes very superficial. I would like to know about any pain or sensitivity associated with the tooth. If it is a deep fracture, it is generally painful and sensitive. On the other hand, if it is a fract...  Read Full »

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