What should I do if I crack a tooth?
If you crack a tooth, see your dentist as soon as possible. You will need an exam and possibly x-rays to determine the extent of the damage and the best treatment solution. If the crack is very shallow, affecting only the outer layer of enamel, you may not need treatment at all. For deeper cracks, though, we may need to place a filling or even a crown to protect the tooth.
If you are in pain or your tooth is sensitive to heat or cold, bite on a clean, damp cloth to reduce your symptoms. Do not use topical medications, which could worsen the damage.
Cracks that are not fixed in a timely manner generally worsen over time. If you ignore a cracked tooth, you might need a root canal or other endodontic procedure later on to save the tooth. Eventually, a cracked tooth may no longer be salvageable, and the only option could be extraction.
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