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Cracked Tooth Syndrome

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Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS) relates to a tooth which is incompletely cracked but no part of the tooth has yet broken off. Its diagnosis is based on presenting symptoms. Although some cracked teeth may not cause any symptoms, when symptoms are present they can be variable, making it a notoriously difficult condition to diagnose. Pain can resemble sinusitis, clenching/grinding symptoms (also called TMD), headaches, ear pain and atypical facial/dental pain. Treatment can be unpredictable as extent of the crack is often unknown.

 

 

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