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Can a Cracked Tooth Be Saved?

Woman in Dentist Chair with Tooth Pain Roswell GA

Your teeth are remarkably strong. Unfortunately, they are not invincible. Teeth can crack or fracture under certain pressures. But don’t panic, a cracked tooth doesn’t mean you will lose your tooth. In fact, it may not even mean that you will need a major or costly repair. Here’s a closer look at what you can do if you crack a tooth and the ways a dentist can treat that tooth.

Call Your Dentist First

Most people know when they have cracked a tooth. It may not bring extreme pain, but many patients feel an odd sensation or know that something went wrong. Cracked teeth can occur during contact sports, a wayward bite on a hard food (ice or hard candy) or when using your teeth to open a package. More gradual fractures can also happen if you grind your teeth at night.

Regardless of how you cracked your tooth, your first course of action should be to call your dentist. Same day appointments or emergency dental care services are warranted in situations like this. A dentist needs to examine the severity and location of the crack and ensure further fracture or infection doesn’t follow. As you wait to see a dentist, you should try to clean your mouth (warm salt water rinse) and avoid chewing on the side of your cracked tooth.

Treating a Cracked Tooth

There are several options available when it comes to saving a cracked tooth. Which treatment is best for you will be determined by the severity of the damage. A hairline crack may simply be a cosmetic issue that can be remedied by dental bonding. However, cracks that reach the inner pulp of the tooth may require more substantial repair. Here’s a basic guideline for repairing a cracked tooth:

  • Smaller, less severe cracks can involve dental bonding to fill in the crack and strengthen your tooth against further damage.
  • A cracked tooth that is painful when you bite down means the mastication pressure is separating the pieces of your tooth as well as irritating the tissue and nerve endings inside your tooth. Therefore, a natural-looking dental crown is often needed to restore this type of tooth crack.
  • Severe cracks that involve the presence of bacteria inside the tooth are often painful and infected. Such cases require root canal therapy followed by a dental crown for full restoration of the health and structure of the tooth.

Be Smart With Your Smile

Your teeth offer significant function to your daily living. How well are you taking care of them? Practice smart habits to avoid cracked teeth, such as wearing a mouthguard during sports or at night if you grind your teeth. As always, use scissors to open packages and don’t crunch ice with your teeth. If a dental accident does occur, you can trust that Dr. Mitzi Morris is exceedingly equipped to handle it. Our Roswell office offers advanced technology and materials to ensure your cracked tooth or other emergency dental issue is resolved quickly and effectively. Call today for same day dental care!

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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