cracked tooth syndrome

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cracked tooth syndrome


A condition characterised by a fracture plane of unknown depth and direction passing through tooth structure which, if not already involving, may progress to communicate with the pulp and/or periodontal ligament. Cracked teeth typically cause pain unrelated to caries or periodontal disease. 

Aetiology Chewing or biting hard objects–e.g., hard candies, pencils, nuts, ice, unpopped popcorn kernels, etc.

Clinical findings Biting on the crack evokes severe sharp pain

Diagnosis Fracture seen by painting a dye on tooth or by low-power light microscopy

Management Crown placement; if needed, root canal 

Synonyms Cracked cusp syndrome, greenstick fracture of tooth, incomplete fracture of posterior teeth, split tooth syndrome 

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