Having a cracked tooth is no laughing matter. Knowing how to fix a cracked tooth appropriately and knowing when to do so, is a wonderful combination. Knowing the difference between a cracked tooth and other dental anomalies is something for which a well educated and trained dentist, such as Dr. Smith, can do.
A cracked tooth is exactly that, a tooth that has been cracked in one form or another. The crack can extend from an existing filling that is at the end of its functional life. It can also be cracked due to trauma, such as being hit, or it can be cracked due to the trauma of the normal function of chewing. Regardless, the tooth needs to be fixed to alleviate the pain that is now existing due to the crack.
The excruciating pain from a cracked tooth must be fixed as soon as possible before it causes any further damage. Cracked tooth syndrome can be addressed by placing a restoration (crown) or if the crack is deep or too close to the nerve a root canal may be needed and then a restoration placed.