Sometimes a partial crack (fissure) extends into the dentin but is too small to appear on an x-ray. It may extend to or through the pulp of the tooth or under the gum, causing pain when chewing, temperature sensitivities or the release of biting pressure. If untreated, it can lead to severe pain, pulp infection, abscess or tooth loss.
The endodontist will examine the cracked tooth will be examined by the dentist. A bite test may confirm the diagnosis. Root canal therapy can be the solution if pain continues after stabilization of the crown restoration.