Welcome to Stein Dental Care, where Dr. Alan Stein and our team are thankful to be able to help our patients in Nashville, Tennessee, with all of their oral care needs.
If you feel a sharp pain when you bite down on your food which stops when you stop putting pressure on your tooth, your tooth may have a fracture. Also, if you constantly have to chew on one side of your mouth because of pain, you may have a cracked tooth. So, what can fracture your tooth?
- If you chew on hard objects such as ice, hard candy, or hard nuts you can fracture a tooth.
- A blow to the mouth can crack a tooth.
- If tooth enamel is exposed to temperature extremes, your tooth can crack. So if you are eating hot soup, don’t be tempted to sip ice water with it.
- Your teeth can crack if you persistently grind or clench your teeth (also known as bruxism).
To repair a cracked tooth, Dr. Alan Stein will first examine the tooth to determine proper treatment. For example, if the tooth has minor cracks, bonding with a tooth-colored composite resin or dental filling may be all that will be required. However, if the damage is severe or affecting the tooth pulp, the tooth may require extraction, requiring a root canal.
If your tooth needs to be extracted, Dr. Alan Stein will review tooth replacement options with you to restore your beautiful smile. At Stein Dental Care, we offer high-quality, natural-looking tooth replacement options, including dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges.
If you are experiencing a cracked tooth, please call us at 615-540-0888 as soon as possible. Until you are seen by Dr. Alan Stein, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth, take acetaminophen or over-the-counter pain reliever as needed, and rinse with salt water for relief. At Stein Dental Care in Nashville, Tennessee, our team is ready to help you enjoy your Thanksgiving celebrations with a smile!