Our High Point dentists know that a cracked tooth can be a worrisome situation. In addition to being incredibly painful, cracked teeth can make you self conscious about smiling or laughing with friends. A cracked tooth can also make your tooth vulnerable to further breakage and allow bacteria to penetrate, leading to infection or deep decay, and larger dental issues down the road.
A small crack or chip may not be a dental emergency, however. In some cases, a small chip can wait a day or two. But you should still call our dental office for an assessment. Your dentist may decide that the crack is significant and ask you to come in immediately. If you have any pain, your dentist will want to see you as soon as possible. Large cracks in your teeth will generally require emergency dental treatment.
If the crack is small—no more than a chip—and the dentist allows you to wait a day or two, take care not to chew with the fractured tooth. Chewing can lead to further breakage. It is also essential to keep the area clean to prevent infection. Your dentist or a member of our team will provide more specific instructions if necessary.
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If ever you are in doubt, we want to hear from you. We always treat dental emergencies in High Point as soon as possible. Contact our High Point office to learn more about emergency treatment.