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Steps To Take If You Crack A Tooth

As strong as teeth are, they can crack. All it takes is to bite down wrong on a piece of ice or hard candy and even excessive grinding to end up with a cracked tooth in Chicago. The most susceptible of all your teeth to cracking are the molars; they have to deal with a great deal of force during chewing. When it first happens there may not be any noticeable symptoms; it may not hurt, perhaps you can feel the damage with your tongue but that’s about all. Even if there is no pain, make an appointment with your dentist and get in to see him or her as soon as possible. Your dentist is really the only person that can determine the seriousness and whether it needs to be treated.

* While waiting for your dental appointment:

As a cracked tooth in Chicago is not really an emergency situation, you will be given an appointment to see the dentist. During the time you are waiting you might experience a sensation when you drink either hot or cold beverages. Pay particular attention to where the pain is; your dentist will need to know this. Avoid eating or chewing on the cracked tooth, biting down too hard can make it worse.

* Treating a cracked tooth:

If the crack is minor and it only affects the enamel, the dentist may let it go. If however, the crack opens more than the enamel there is a good chance that infection will set in and the crack will enlarge. Your dentist may suggest that the tooth be capped or fitted with a crown which usually entails a root canal. If worse comes to worse it may be necessary to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant.

A cracked tooth in Chicago can happen if you are involved in an accident, a sporting injury or simply biting down on hard food. If it happens, see your dentist as soon as possible.

A cracked tooth in Chicago is something that can usually be fixed, but don’t delay treatment. For treatment you are invited to make an appointment with Dental Specialists of South Loop & North Shore. Follow us on our facebook page.