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 sensitivity to hot and cold foods a year after getting a tooth filled. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a broken tooth fixed and a cavity treated in another tooth. Due to the fillings, both teeth were sensitive to hot and cold meals. After a year now the teeth are no longer sensitive to hot or cold food or beverages, except for the treated broken tooth, which has been giving me pai...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. As your medical history indicates, the sensitivity is no longer present, which means the tooth with the filling has grown a layer of secondary dentin and is no longer painful. The second cracked tooth can have infecte...  Read Full »

I have a broken tooth with no pain and with receding gums.Is there a way to treat at home?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a broken tooth, and the gum seems to be receding. It has not come off yet, but it is very close to falling off. I have no pain, discolorations, bumps, or spots anywhere in my mouth. I cannot afford to go to the dentist, as my dad is the only one who works to support the family. It ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your question, and I can understand your concern. The tooth is grossly decayed and can only be treated by root canal treatment, a costly procedure. As of now no treatment is required at home because the tooth is not hurting you. To prevent further infe...  Read Full »

How can I save the bottom part of my broken tooth that is turning black?

Query: Hello doctor, The crown portion of my tooth had fallen a few years back, but the bottom portion was still intact and painless. But it has turned black now. What can be done? Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. There are two options available. You can save it if the root is not resorbed and some part of the root can handle the crown. This method is called post and core building up. The second option is to get any tooth...  Read Full »

I am a 33-year-old woman, and my lower molar got fractured after having a root canal done. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 33-year-old woman with quite healthy teeth in general. I still have all my natural teeth, including wisdom teeth. Last week my lower molar broke down, and I had a root canal done on that tooth four years ago. My dentist prepared it for a new crown last Wednesday but did not fit a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The dentist should have done temporization under such conditions. It is his fault for not doing so. Yes, a crown can supra erupt, creating a problem in the fitting. Two or three weeks is a long time, and a crown can break. I advise you to wait ...  Read Full »

I am worried that one of my front teeth might fall out as I heard a crunching sound. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I went to the doctor this morning for a deep clean. I heard one of my front teeth make a crunching sound. I have checked it repeatedly today, and it does not seem loose. I wondered if this could be excess tartar coming off or something more serious. I was just afraid my tooth was going to...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I will be answering your query shortly. Thank you.  Read Full »

I have severe pain due to abscess in cracked tooth. What has to be done?

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 »

My premolar tooth got broken. Should I get root canal treatment done?

Query: Hi doctor, My premolar tooth is broken, do I need root canal treatment?  Read Full »

Dr. Alfiya K Jamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. In the case of a broken tooth, first, we need to check the extent of the fracture. If you have only sensitivity then the fracture may be only up to dentin so permanent filling is enough. But, if the fracture extends up ...  Read Full »

Can a cracked molar be saved?

Query: Hello doctor, About two weeks ago, I bit something that cracked my first molar, bottom left. Over the next two days, the sensitivity worsened, mainly drinking fluids hot or cold, though it was painful if I chewed food on it, and I went to the dentist to think a filling had fallen out. He diagnosed ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems that the tooth can be saved, and there can be many options like RCT (root canal treatment) with crowns, pins, and post and core. I suggest you, please share a picture of the involved tooth for the best treatment.  Read Full »

Why do I have a feeling that the dental crown is higher every time I go to bed or when I wake up?

Query: Hello doctor, The bottom last molar has been in a lot of pain. First, the crown fell off, and the top tooth moved down, so I had to have it adjusted. Then the tooth started hurting very badly, so I had to get a root canal treatment. After the root canal treatment, the constant pain is gone, but it ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please be calm. See, in case of fracture, there is pain only on biting. In over-contoured restoration, there is pain during chewing. If you are experiencing these problems, do update me. Otherwise, there is no problem. With time, the restoration will get set.  Read Full »

What could cause undetectable throbbing pain in tooth or gums with sleep disturbance?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I am suffering from a tooth or gum infection. My left upper jaw started to hurt last month. It felt like it was one of the teeth at the end of the left upper jaw. I checked for cavities but nothing was visible. The pain stopped after a few days but I have been suffering from...  Read Full »

Dr. Arya Kaushik Bharat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on the information you have provided, it looks like you might be suffering from a dental infection due to severe dental decay causing inflammation of the dental pulp. Since the decay is not visible directly, it might be between two teeth or perhaps your upper...  Read Full »

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