Even though your natural tooth enamel is very hard there are some rare situations where a hard fall or a blow to the face can crack a tooth. The severity of the crack and injury to the surrounding tissues will dictate the treatment and restoration options available to you.
At first the trauma of the accident might be shocking and cause short term pain. If the initial pain subsides after a few minutes, then it likely means the crack is shallow and limited to just the tooth enamel.
While this might be a little bit of a relief, it’s also worth noting that even a shallow crack could invite serious tooth decay to set into the area. So it’s a smart move to have the tooth examined by Dr. Dido Kim to best explore your treatment options. Sometimes the cracked tooth can be repaired with a simple filling or a crown.
If the pain does not subside after the initial trauma has passed, it likely means the crack has damaged some of the interior structures of the tooth. In a situation like this, Dr. Dido Kim might need to perform a root canal. Then the entire tooth enamel layer will be replaced by a crown.
If the damage is severe, the tooth might need to be extracted. Once your gums have healed Dr. Dido Kim can help to restore the tooth by either installing a bridge or a dental implant.
If you have cracked tooth you need to call Dr. Dido Kim’s North Bergen, New Jersey clinic as soon as possible at 201-854-5500 begin treatment.