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What to Do if Your Tooth is Cracked

what to do if your tooth is crackedA cracked tooth can be an extremely painful problem, and without prompt treatment, you could be at risk of losing your tooth. Dental enamel is the strongest substance in the body, but repeated stresses and dental trauma can lead to a cracked tooth. You may experience pain when you chew or when the tooth is subjected to changes in temperature. The pain may come and go or only occur when pressure is placed on the tooth or released.

If you suspect you have a cracked tooth, you can take steps to manage the discomfort until you can have the tooth evaluated.

1. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to ease discomfort.
2. Avoid chewing ice or exposing your tooth to temperature extremes.
3. Place wax over the area if it is sharp or rubbing against your cheek or tongue.
4. If the pulp is exposed or the root has been cracked, this is a dental emergency. Contact us immediately, protect the tooth from temperature changes, and eat a soft diet until you can get the tooth treated.

After a dental exam, we will be able to explain your options. In some cases, a fractured tooth can be easily repaired with dental bonding or a dental filling. More severe cracks may need to be endodontically treated and then protected with a dental crown. After treatment, your cracked tooth should be able to continue to function comfortably for years. Give us a call as soon as possible to schedule your emergency dental appointment.

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