Cracked teeth demonstrate many types of symptoms, including pain when chewing, temperature sensitivity, or even discomfort upon the release of biting pressure. Commonly pain can come and go, making a diagnosis of the cause of discomfort difficult.
Chewing can cause movement of the cracked pieces of your tooth, and the pulp within the tooth becomes irritated. At the same time, when biting pressure is released, the crack can close quickly, resulting in sharp pain. Eventually, the pulp will become damaged and the tooth will consistently hurt, even when you are not chewing. At times cracks can lead to infection of the pulp tissue, which can spread to the bone and gum surrounding the problematic tooth.