A cracked tooth can happen for any number of reasons, ranging from facial trauma to biting into a popcorn kernel. In many cases our Tampa dental patients can tell right away that they have a cracked tooth, either due to pain, sensitivity, or feeling the damage with the tongue. Other times cracks may be discovered during a 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 our Tampa office 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
Our Tampa dental office professionals perform cracked tooth repair in a variety of ways, depending on the 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.