When you consider how sturdy your teeth are, it may be difficult to imagine one of them becoming cracked. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, including bone. Yet, under the right circumstances, a tooth can crack. Personal habits and lack of general dental care can lead to teeth being damaged as well as other factors such as the foods you eat, your genetics and unexpected trauma.
Teeth, particularly back teeth, are subject to over a hundred pounds of pressure. In fact, some studies have shown that the average person applies over 5500 pounds of pressure per square inch to the tooth surface. It is amazing that teeth do not crack more often! When you consider that teeth are as brittle as glass, it becomes even more amazing. However, when they do crack, it can be very uncomfortable.
It is not unusual to feel the results of a cracked tooth before seeing the crack. Some cracks are located in areas that are hidden from view. However, the symptoms are fairly clear. Pressing down on the tooth and sometimes releasing pressure may cause discomfort. There can be a wide range of pain; anywhere from barely noticeable to severe. Getting your tooth diagnosed and repaired as quickly as possible increases your chances of saving the tooth.