Never Ignore A Cracked Tooth
Doesn’t it feel like an emergency or accident always happens at the worst time? When you or a loved one experiences an oral health problem, it can be difficult to determine what is a true emergency that requires an immediate trip to the dentist versus a situation that simply needs to be monitored. First and foremost, if you or a family member experiences any oral health complications, please contact our office, and we can help determine whether you need an emergency appointment. One situation that requires an immediate visit to our office is a cracked tooth.
Need For Immediate Treatment
A cracked tooth needs to be treated immediately. Thankfully, we offer a number of treatments that can restore the function of your tooth, depending on the severity of the crack and the damage to the tooth root. The longer a cracked tooth is left untreated, the greater the chance you will need a tooth extraction or get an infection in your gums and jawbone. Here are some signs that may indicate you have a cracked tooth:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Swelling of the gums around the damaged tooth
- Pain when eating
- Throbbing discomfort that comes and goes
Ways to Prevent a Cracked Tooth
A tooth can become cracked from a fall or trauma to the mouth, which is out of our control. However, there are certain habits that can also lead to a cracked tooth. It is important not to use your teeth as tools or chew on non-food items. We also recommend not biting your nails. If you grind your teeth, be sure to take our advice on how to remedy the problem. Failure to do so can result in discomfort as well as added expense.
If you think you may have a cracked tooth or experience another dental emergency, contact our office located in Spotswood, NJ as soon as possible. We want to check your mouth and recommend treatment to help prevent further damage.