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Case Reports in Dentistry
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 525364, 6 pages
Case Report

Cracked Tooth: A Report of Two Cases and Role of Cone Beam Computed Tomography in Diagnosis

1Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Penang International Dental College, Level 18-21, NB Tower, 5050 Jalan Bagan Luar, 12000 Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia
2Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, Penang International Dental College, 12000 Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia
3Department of Oral Pathology, Penang International Dental College, 12000 Butterworth, Penang, Malaysia

Received 12 August 2012; Accepted 11 October 2012

Academic Editors: S. S. De Rossi, L. Junquera, and P. Lopez Jornet

Copyright © 2012 Pishipati Vinayak Kalyan Chakravarthy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Cracked tooth is a distinct type of longitudinal tooth fracture which occurs very commonly and its diagnosis can be challenging. This type of fracture tends to grow and change over time. Clinical diagnosis is difficult because the signs and symptoms are variable or nonspecific and may even resemble post-treatment disease following root canal treatment or periodontal disease. This variety and unpredictability make the cracked tooth a challenging diagnostic entity. The use of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) in diagnosis of complex endodontic cases has been well documented in the literature. In this paper we present two cases of cracked tooth and emphasise on the timely use of cone beam computed tomography as an aid in diagnosis and as a prognostic determinant.