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The enamel layer of your teeth is made up of microscopic mineral crystals. The density of these crystals makes your teeth very hard. However, it’s not unheard of for something like a fall or a blow to the face to have enough force to cause the enamel layer of one of more teeth to crack. If you do have a cracked tooth, it’s important to have Drs. Jim or Jennifer Rice look at the tooth to address the problem quickly.

If the crack is deep enough to expose the sensitive pulp of the tooth you will usually feel a persistent pain that could become quite sharp if you drink something hot, cold or sweet. In a situation like this our doctors might have to perform a root canal and restore the enamel of the tooth with a crown.

Even if the crack is limited to the enamel layer, you should still have our doctors look at it before bacteria can harm the area and cause tooth decay. Our doctors may be able to repair the tooth with a filling or cosmetic bonding procedure. Once the cracked tooth is repaired they may recommend a fluoride treatment to strengthen the enamel and prevent future tooth decay.

If you have a cracked tooth you should call our dentists as soon as possible at 434-218-7072 to  assess the situation and schedule an appointment.