My Tooth Just Cracked, and it Hurts

Teeth are one of the strongest materials produced in the human body, but they are not invincible. There are many ways for your teeth to become injured, and even crack. If your tooth cracked, it is important that you contact us immediately for evaluation and treatment.

What if I can’t come in right away?

If you are unable to make it into our office immediately, here are some steps you can take at home until you can come in for treatment:

  • Rinse your mouth gently with warm water in order to remove all food particles to prevent bacteria from forming.
  • If the cracked tooth is bleeding, use a damp tea bag or piece of medical gauze and gently apply pressure to the area in order stop bleeding.
  • If you feel pain in your tooth, it is okay and advisable to use an over-the-counter pain medication and or an ice pack to help control some of the discomfort until your appointment.
  • Your local drugstore may carry a temporary dental cement that can be used to protect your tooth from becoming more damaged until your appointment. It is important to remember that this is NOT a substitute for professional treatment.

How will a cracked tooth be treated?

The treatment recommended if your tooth cracked will depend on how severe of a break you’ve experienced. Minor cracks may be repaired easily by simply smoothing the rough edges and polishing the tooth. For a more severe crack however, your dentist may need to perform a root canal to save the tooth and prevent an extraction. Unfortunately, not every cracked tooth can be saved. If your tooth is very badly damaged, it may need to be extracted in order to protect the health of your gums, remaining teeth, and jawbone. If this is the case, a dental implant will be used to replace your tooth.