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If you lose or damage a tooth because trauma, disease or decay, or if you develop a toothache, it will be fairly obvious that you have a problem, and you need to call the dentist. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. But what about a problem you may not notice or a pain that you might be tempted to ignore?

If you have a crack in your tooth, you may not do anything about it until an infection sets in or the damage reaches a point that it becomes unbearable. But the fact is that you may have a crack in your tooth, and you may not even know it. Many cracks are so small they are invisible. Some are so fine that they may not show up on a dental X-ray. But a crack, no matter how small can allow bacteria to penetrate the tooth and infection to set in. When that happens, you may need a root canal or even an extraction.

So how do you know if you have a cracked tooth? One of the best indicators is pain. The pain may be minor or intense, but it will not last long. You may feel it when you bite, chew, or eat or drink something hot, cold or sweet. The best thing to do is make a note of what you were doing when the pain occurred and where it is located. That will give your dentists a good starting point when they are checking for damage. Your dentists may decide that the best course of action is a crown, inlay or onlay. If the damage is severe enough, you may require a root canal.

If you have a recurring pain in your teeth, no matter how minor, you need to see our dentists. If you live in the city, state, area and are having trouble with your teeth, call 703-774-9699 to schedule your appointment at Pal Dental Group.