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While it’s rare, there are certain instances that can cause a crack in one of your teeth. When this happens, the trauma can sometimes be significant. Providing quality first aid helps improve your treatment options and treatment success. The depth and severity of the crack will directly determine the course of treatment that your dentist, Dr. Ray McKinley & Brittany McKinley-Holloway, advocates.

If the cracked tooth has a sharp pain or heightened sensitivity, it likely means the damage extends down into the pulp or root of the tooth. In a case like this, Dr. Ray McKinley & Brittany McKinley-Holloway might need to perform a root canal to resolve the problem.

If the crack is extreme or the tooth has completely split, Dr. Ray McKinley & Brittany McKinley-Holloway might need to completely extract the tooth and suture your gums. Once your gums have completely healed, they can help you understand your replacement options. The two most common methods are to either install a dental bridge or a dental implant.

If the crack is shallow and limited to just the tooth enamel, then Dr. Ray McKinley & Brittany McKinley-Holloway might be able to repair it with a standard dental filling. However, if too much tooth enamel has been damaged, then the best course of action might be to restore the tooth with a dental crown.

If you have cracked tooth in Shelby Township, Michigan, you should not delay in calling 586-685-0880 to schedule an emergency appointment at Ray N McKinley DDS PC.