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You won't be able to see it, but you'll know it's there. Minuscule cracks can form on your teeth, threatening your dental health. Although small in stature, these cracks can do big damage. But don't panic -- with the right tools, you can stop cracked teeth in their tracks and possibly prevent them altogether.

Cracked tooth syndrome becomes more of a threat as we age. Our teeth tend to weaken as we get older, making them susceptible to tiny hairline fractures that aren't visible to the naked eye. We increase our chances of developing cracked teeth by exposing them to trauma, such as bruxism and chewing on hard objects. Cracked tooth syndrome is also common in teeth that contain a large tooth filling, which can weaken any remaining healthy tooth structure over time.

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Cracked teeth can really ruin a meal! Cracks are portals into the inner workings of your teeth, which is why it hurts while you're chewing. Pressing an object against the tooth opens the crack, causing the underlying dentin to move and irritating the pulp chamber (which contains the tooth's nerves). When the pressure is released, the crack immediately closes, causing a sharp pain. If left untreated, the pulp will eventually become damaged and you'll start to feel sensitivity to hot and cold or prolonged pain.

Cracked teeth can really ruin a meal! Cracks are portals into the inner workings of your teeth, which is why it hurts while you're chewing. Pressing an object against the tooth opens the crack, causing the underlying dentin to move and irritating the pulp chamber (which contains the tooth's nerves). When the pressure is released, the crack immediately closes, causing a sharp pain. If left untreated, the pulp will eventually become damaged and you'll start to feel sensitivity to hot and cold or prolonged pain.