A cracked tooth can happen for any number of reasons, ranging from facial trauma to biting into a popcorn kernel. In many cases you can tell right away that you have a cracked tooth, either due to pain, sensitivity, or feeling the damage with your tongue. Other times cracks may be discovered during your regular dental exam. Whatever the situation, cracked tooth repair should be done as soon as possible, to prevent further damage or decay in the compromised area.
If you have a cracked tooth, schedule an appointment with us as soon as you can. Up until your appointment, you can follow these self-care tips:
- Take acetaminophen or other over-the-counter pain medicine
- Rinse your mouth with salt water to reduce pain and prevent infection
- Cover any sharp edges on the tooth with a piece of sugarless gum or paraffin wax to avoid cutting your cheek or tongue
- Try to avoid biting anything – stick with soft foods such as pudding, mashed potatoes, or a smoothie
Cracked tooth repair can be done in a variety of ways depending on severity of the damage. A minimal crack in the enamel can often be repaired in one appointment. A deeply cracked tooth may require a more extensive dental treatment.