What should I do if I have a cracked or fractured tooth?
A fractured or cracked tooth usually indicates that damage has occurred to the inside of the tooth as well as to the outside and requires immediate attention in order to save the tooth. If you have damaged your tooth, call us immediately for an emergency appointment and follow the steps below.
- Gently rinse your mouth out with warm salt water.
- Apply an ice pack or cold compress to the area to minimize any swelling.
- Take ibuprofen to ease any pain.
A cracked or fractured tooth will most likely require a dental crown. While most dental offices use an outside laboratory to make the crown, Dr. Adamidis utilizes CEREC technology that allows him to fabricate your permanent crown in-office during the same appointment. This eliminates the need for you to have to wear a temporary crown and then return for a second visit to place a permanent crown.