A cracked tooth can make an ultimately accurate diagnosis a challenge. Symptoms of pain when chewing can inconsistently come and go, accompanied by temperature sensitivities and discomfort when releasing bite pressure. A cracked tooth can’t always be easily detected by any means except a thorough, professional examination.
A cracked tooth’s shifting pieces can unexpectedly and unpredictably irritate the pulp of blood vessels within it. The manner in which a crack can quickly close when biting pressure releases can also result in sudden, sharp pain. Damage can worsen over time to the point that the pulp becomes so damaged that the affected tooth hurts constantly and can eventually even develop infections that spread to surrounding gums and bone.