Cracked teeth can lead to many symptoms, including pain when chewing, temperature sensitivity, and intermittent pressure discomfort. Unfortunately, it is common for tooth pain to come and go, making it difficult to diagnose the cause of discomfort.
Chewing can cause the cracked pieces of your tooth to move and the pulp within the tooth may become irritated. Eventually, the pulp may be damaged and the tooth will consistently hurt, even when you are not chewing. It is also possible that cracks may lead to an infection of the pulp tissue, which can spread to the bone and gum surrounding the problematic tooth. The treatment of cracked teeth will almost always involve a full coverage crown to protect the tooth. If symptoms are severe or infection occurs, tooth extraction may be recommended.