Cracked teeth are very common and just about every person will have at least one in their lifetime. Symptoms usually involve pain when biting, similar to a jolt of lighting through the tooth. Over time the tooth develops hypersensitivity to hot and cold substances. These symptoms are often what bring a patient into the office.
Once in the office, we will try to reproduce the symptoms and confirm a cracked tooth by having the patient bite down on a special stick. If it triggers pain, in a specific spot on a tooth, but not the entire tooth, then we have found the source of the problem. Sometimes these cracks are visible with a bit of staining as demonstrated in the photo to the right.