When to Get Help for Cracked TeethIf you have a chipped or cracked tooth, your first reaction may be to touch the surface. Avoid doing so. Instead, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. If the area is bleeding, apply pressure to it until it stops. If there is a significant amount of bleeding that does not stop, it is critical to visit a local emergency room. If you have the tooth, wrap it in wet gauze to protect it. Bring it with you when you visit your dentist. Our primary goal is to have as many options available to fix the cracked teeth. Some cracks may not require treatment. That includes those that are very small and only impact the enamel of the tooth. These are some of the most common cracks. Other cracks should be seen by a dentist as soon as possible. We recommend calling our team for emergency dental services. That includes situations in which:
- Cracked tooth falls out (or most of it falls out)
- Cracks involving pain
- A very sharp crack (as it could cause damage to the soft tissues in your mouth)
- Cracks impacting more than one tooth
- Traumatic tooth injury, such as from impact to the mouth
How Are Cracked Teeth Fixed?The type of treatment your dentist uses depends on the severity of the crack and its location in the mouth. Some of the options available include:
- Dental bonding is an option when the tooth is chipped. Bonding applies a resin to the surface to shape the tooth. It can fill in where the missing piece is. Bonding helps hold the broken piece of the tooth in place if you still have it.
- Polishing is another simpler service. If a small amount of the tooth is chipped, your dentist may polish the surface and edge. That may minimize the presence of sharp edges.
- Fillings: There are some situations where the dentist may need to perform a root canal and filling treatment. This may be beneficial if there is extensive damage to the tooth, but it can still be saved. Fillings and root canals are beneficial when the damage extends into the pulp of the tooth.
- Surgical Procedures: In situations where the cracked tooth is a molar, the dentist may need to perform oral surgery to address a fractured root. This may involve the removal of one of the two roots these teeth have.
- Extraction: As a last-case solution, the dentist may decide to extract the tooth if it cannot be saved.
How to Get Help for a Cracked ToothIf you have a damaged tooth, give our team a call immediately for help. We can also address the other needs you may have, such as:
- General teeth cleaning
- Sedation dentistry services
- Root canal procedures