Is a cracked tooth a dental emergency? Not only are cracked and broken teeth at risk of becoming infected, but the jagged portion of your tooth could cut the inside of your mouth without professional attention. Plus, unlike the rest of your body, a cracked tooth cannot heal itself. It’s best to see us as soon as you can with a cracked or broken tooth.
How you should handle a cracked tooth: If you crack your tooth, rinse the affected area immediately with lukewarm water. Then, hold a cold compress against the appropriate cheek to reduce any swelling that may occur. If needed, cover the sharp edges of your tooth with dental cement or wax. Avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and take an ibuprofen or other over-the-counter pain reliever as directed.
How we treat cracked teeth: In most cases, cracked teeth are best treated with custom-made porcelain crowns. These beautifully lifelike restorations can restore both the function and appearance of a damaged tooth while preventing future damage and decay. However, if the tooth if severely fractured or damaged beyond repair, we may need to extract it and talk about your tooth replacement options such as a dental bridge or dental implant.