complications of cracked teeth

Complications of Cracked Teeth

In some cases, a cracked tooth needs no treatment by a dentist although he or she should still be made aware of the problem. However, in other cases, an untreated crack can have repercussions and complications further down the line. Untreated cracked teeth may give rise to infections which can be recognised by symptoms such as:

– Pain when biting or chewing

– Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks

– Unexplained discomfort around a tooth or the surrounding gum tissue

– Swollen gums

– Sore neck glands

– Bad breath

If infection occurs “pus may need to be drained” from the infected area and it may also be necessary for the dentist to prescribe a course of antibiotics. More detailed information about the causes of, remedies for and complications of cracked teeth can be found at


Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.