Human teeth are very strong, but they’re not unbreakable. If it’s weakened by decay, a tooth can crack. Cracks can also occur if you bite down on something hard, like nuts or ice, or get struck in the face. If you or your child experience a cracked tooth, what should you do?
Know the Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth
What does a cracked tooth feel like? If the break is large, you might feel pieces in your mouth or find them lying around. Many cracks are small, however, and you won’t know right away. You might feel a new and increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Other common symptoms included inflamed gums or pain when you chew.
What Should You Do?
Chipped and cracked teeth are dental emergencies. Even small cracks need treatment quickly because if they’re left alone, they can easily become larger. Small cracks can also expose the inside of your tooth to bacteria and infection. If you think you or your child has a cracked tooth, please call us as soon as you can. Describe the symptoms and we’ll let you know if you should come in right away or if it’s okay to wait a few days. While you wait for treatment, be careful around the cracked area. Avoid chewing on hard foods. If the crack causes swelling or pain, you can use an ice pack and over-the-counter pain medication.
Treating Cracked Teeth at Shaenfield Pediatric Dentistry in San Antonio, TX
Our dentists (Dr. Melendez and Dr. Acord) provide emergency dentistry for problems like cracked teeth. Common restorative treatments include dental crowns, bondings, or fillings, which strengthen your tooth and protect it from bacteria. If you’re experiencing signs of a cracked tooth or you know you have a crack, please contact us today for an appointment!