We see a lot of patients with little craze lines in a tooth. If left untreated the lines can turn into a larger crack and cause a good amount of discomfort when chewing and ultimately frank pain. In many times it can cause catastrophic failure of a tooth requiring extraction and replacement with a dental implant or a dental bridge.
Many patients that go to the dentist with tooth pain or discomfort think they need a narcotic when in actuality ibuprofen, the common ingredient in Advil, works very well. Advil or generic ibuprofen were found to be superior to acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Tylenol #3 when treating acute dental pain.