Whether your tooth cracks from an injury, bruxism (tooth grinding) or general wear and tear, you can experience a variety of symptoms ranging from erratic pain when you chew your food to sudden pain when your tooth is exposed to very hot or cold temperatures. In many cases, the pain may be intermittent and hard to localize. If you experience these symptoms or suspect a cracked tooth, it’s best to see an endodontist as soon as possible. The endodontist specializes in saving cracked teeth and will cater treatment to the type, location, and extent of the crack. The sooner your tooth is treated, the better the outcome. Once treated, most cracked teeth continue to function as they should, for many years of pain-free biting and chewing.