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Your teeth are tough, and with proper brushing and flossing, along with regular trips to the dentist for regular cleanings and exams, they can last a lifetime. But sometimes, your teeth can become damaged. If you receive a blow to the face or mouth which is followed by tooth pain, you know that a trip to the dentist should be in your future.

But what about pain that appears for no reason? It may be sharp or dull pain. It is a pain that doesn’t last very long but usually occurs when you are biting or chewing, or your teeth are exposed to hot or cold temperatures. But, when you examine your teeth, you don’t see any obvious cracks, cavities or other damage.

The answer to this mystery may be what is known as “Cracked Tooth Syndrome”. In some cases, a crack in your tooth may be so small that the dentist does not see it during an exam. It may not even show up on an x-ray, but pain is your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong, and even a pain in your mouth that doesn’t last long needs to be addressed by your dentist.

A cracked tooth may be caused by trauma to your mouth, however it might be caused by grinding your teeth, or from a great deal of dental work on one of your teeth. Frequently, worn enamel can lead to cracked teeth.

To help your dentist solve the mystery, make a note of when the pain occurs and where it is localized in your mouth. If you were eating or drinking, note what you were having at the time. Your dentist may be able to correct the problem with a filling or a crown. If the damage to your tooth is too severe, you may require a root canal or an extraction.

If you are dealing with even a minor pain in your tooth, you should make an appointment to see Dr. Cameron Clark as soon possible by calling Northwest Center for Dentistry in Kalispell, Montana at (406) 752-4530.