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Have you heard of cracked tooth syndrome? Do you suffer from tooth sensitivity in a particular tooth? James A. Johnson, DDS would be happy to answer all your questions. Look for your question below, and if you have things we haven’t answered, please call us at 713.988.0536. We’ll be happy to help!

What is cracked tooth syndrome (CTS)?
Cracked tooth syndrome occurs when a tooth gets a crack in it that is too small to see on an X ray, or one which is under the gum and therefore hard to find.

What are CTS symptoms?
A patient may experience pain or discomfort when biting down, or extreme tooth sensitivity.

What are some causes of CTS?
Some common causes include teeth grinding/bruxism, abnormal bites, teeth with large fillings, or teeth with root canals. Often it is a combination of factors.

How is it diagnosed?
Since the crack is so hard to detect, many people may experience CTS symptoms for months. An oral exam at James A. Johnson, DDS, dental history, radiographs, and the use of a fiber optic handpiece can all assist in the diagnosis.

How is CTS treated?
Dr. James Johnson may suggest dental bonding, a crown, a root canal, or, in extreme cases, a tooth extraction. Your personalized treatment plan depends on the location and severity of the crack.

If you believe you may have a cracked tooth, it is essential that you seek help as soon as possible. If you are in Houston, Texas, please call 713.988.0536 to set up an appointment with Dr. James Johnson.