Cracked teeth can occur from trauma or just from everyday use. They can be painful, but just as often cause no discomfort to you and are found by your dentist during regular checkups.
Patients frequently feel an injury to a tooth while eating or exercising – through the underlying cause could have been lurking for some time. If you experience a broken or chipped or cracked tooth, you may feel sharp pain or shooting pain when eating or drinking, or even when cool air passes the injured tooth.
If you or your child has chipped, cracked or broken a tooth, call the Smile Center Family Dentistry right away, as the tooth can frequently be saved with quick treatment.
My tooth is broken or chipped. What now?
You’ve had trauma or an accident that has broken or chipped a tooth. Or you’ve bitten down onto something hard and painful – to find it’s a broken or cracked tooth. The most important thing to do is call your dentist at the Smile Center Family Dentistry immediately.
While you wait to see the dentist you may seek relief in over-the-counter painkillers. It may also help to:
- Rinse your mouth out gently with salted warm water.
- Avoid chewing near the affected tooth.
- Eat only soft foods
- Avoid extremely hot or cold food and liquids.
Repairing a broken, cracked or chipped tooth
How a dentist goes about treating a chipped or broken tooth is specific to each case. Small cracks or chips may be sealed or bonded to cover and prevent further injury. Crowns may be required for irreparable tooth injuries, and in some cases, root canal therapy may be required to prevent infection from affecting the gums, nearby teeth and jawbone.
Cosmetic dental treatment like bonding, crowns, and veneers are common solutions to maintain your smile and your self-esteem as well. Even though a cracked or chipped tooth might not be painful, it might be visible to you and others.
At the Smile Center, we will treat your broken or cracked tooth with the same gentle care we give you and your family all our dental services. We’ll coordinate care among dentists, prosthodontists, and labs, so you can heal quickly and get back to smiling without pain. And we’ll make sure you’re comfortable with how your repaired tooth looks, too.