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In many cases of dental damage, you are usually aware of it right away. There may be discomfort, blood, pieces of your tooth, or even a knocked-out tooth. But if you have a cracked tooth, you may not even be aware of it until it becomes infected.

If you have a crack in your tooth, it may be so small that it is invisible. Your dentist may not even see it and it might not show up on a dental X-ray. That being the case, how will you know if you have a cracked tooth? The answer is discomfort. The pain may be sharp or it may be dull, but it will be brief. You will notice it when biting or chewing, or if eat or drink something hot, cold or sweet. When you feel the pain, make a note of where it occurred and what you were doing when it happened. That way, your dentist will have a place to start looking. Your dentist may be able to repair the damage with a crown, inlay or onlay. Depending on the damage you may need a root canal.

If you have an intermittent pain in your mouth, you shouldn’t ignore it. If you live in the city, state area, you can make an appointment to see Dr. Timothy Dinkelman at Northridge Dental LLC at phone.