For various reasons, a tooth can become cracked. Sometimes it may be due to an accident or an injury. It could also be because a tooth has become weakened by tooth decay. Regardless of why it happened, we at Urgent Dental Care are here to address the issue when you do suffer with a cracked tooth. It’s important to be seen as soon as possible. Although you may not notice any pain, a cracked tooth can easily become infected. If you do feel pain, it may happen when the tooth is exposed to air, or extreme temperatures such as hot and cold food and beverages. By taking advantage of our cracked teeth treatment in Westchester, you will have the best chance to avoid losing the tooth.
When you discover that you have a cracked tooth, the first thing you should do is call us. We will make every effort to have you seen as soon as possible. In the time between noticing the cracked tooth and getting to our office, you should take some precautions in order to preserve your tooth and increase the chances of a positive outcome. First, use a rinse of salt in warm water to rinse your mouth frequently. If any pain is present, use an over the counter pain reliever. Try to avoid eating if you can, and eat soft foods if you do have to eat. Be careful to not bite down on the tooth. If you detect a sharp edge on the cracked tooth, you can cover it using sugarless chewing gum or wax paraffin. This will help to prevent any cuts on your tongue or cheek. You may not always be aware of a cracked tooth. If you notice any of the above listed symptoms, including any pain while chewing, especially if you notice it when you release biting pressure, that could indicate a cracked tooth even if it’s not visually noticeable.
Our cracked teeth treatment in Westchester will center around determining the severity of the damage. That along with the location of the tooth will help to decide the proper course of treatment. Front teeth can often be repaired with bonding, while a filling or a crown may be needed for back teeth.