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Cracked tooth syndrome may seem like a dental mystery. You might feel pain or sensitivity in a molar, particularly when you bite down, or are eating. That may be the only time you feel any pain. But, when you look at the tooth, you can’t see any cavities or damage. Obviously there is some sort of damage there, but where?

You could be experiencing cracked tooth syndrome. Sometimes cracks in teeth develop that are too small to be seen in an exam or x-ray, or because the crack has occurred below your gumline. Cracked tooth syndrome often appears in your molars since they experience the greatest amount of force when you chew. It can be difficult to diagnose, since the pain is not constant, and it is hard to predict when it will happen. As a result people may live with cracked tooth syndrome for months without seeking treatment. You may be at risk for cracked tooth syndrome if you grind your teeth.

Even though the pain is not constant, you should still schedule an appointment to see Dr. Sohrab Saghezchi at Southern Marin Dental in Mill Valley, California. If your cracked tooth is left untreated, the crack can get bigger and a piece of the tooth can break off. An infection can also develop. If you are experiencing intermittent pain in your teeth, especially when you bite down, contact our office at 415-578-5879 as soon as you can.