Cracked Tooth? What Do I Do?

      Happy mid-September!! By now, most kids have, for the most part, geared up and are already back at school exercising their minds. With that in mind, many people experience anxiety and sometimes stress as the preparations for the return to school and/or work tends to do. Around this time of year, I also tend to see patients in our practice complaining of "pain whenever I bite down" or "sensitivity to hot and cold". The pain or sensitivity doesn't last very long, and it doesn't happen all the time, so what's going on?

      Teeth are like windshields in a car, pretty durable to everyday use, however, with wear and tear, there's always the possibility of developing a crack in a tooth. When there's a crack in a tooth, it usually starts small, but over time, it can progress to larger problems. Like anything, catching the problem early enough will prevent further problems down the line. If you think you have a cracked tooth, make an appointment with your dentist to have a look. Early detection can prevent the teeth from needing root canals or extractions, saving lots of hassle and toothache from happening! Check out the video below to see exactly what I'm talking about!