Though teeth are made of the hardest material in the human body, normal wear and tear over time can weaken teeth and make them susceptible to breaking. In other cases, dental trauma can cause cracked teeth.

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort when biting down or sensitivity to hot and/or cold, it’s possible that you have a cracked tooth.

However, the cracks that form in teeth are often too small to detect visually and some can’t even be felt, so they may have no symptoms. Your best chance of detecting a cracked tooth is during a dental checkup so make sure to schedule them regularly!

Cracked teeth can lead to health problems even when they don’t cause pain or discomfort. Cracks may expose the pulp inside your tooth, making it possible for that pulp to become irritated and infected. Once infected, it is often necessary to have root canal surgery to remove the infection and seal the tooth.

Learn more about cracked teeth in the following video from the American Association of Endodontists.