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The strength of your tooth enamel allows you to bite and chew hard foods. Unfortunately, there are times when a blow to the face or an accident can actually crack a tooth. This is even more likely if you participate in contact sports without having the protection of a quality mouthguard. An oral emergency like a cracked tooth can cause significant pain and it requires first aid.

Rinsing your mouth with lukewarm saltwater can help soothe injured gums and wash away any residual debris or blood. It can also help you by giving you a better look at the cracked tooth.

Sometimes the crack is limited to the enamel layer of the tooth. Even if this is the case, you should still have our Midtown Dental team examine it. If left untreated or unrepaired, the crack in the tooth will invite tooth decay to set in.

If you experience a deep and persistent pain, it often means that the crack extends deep into the tooth, damaging the sensitive dentin, pulp or root of the tooth. In a case like this, your dentist, Dr. [docotr_name], can usually restore the tooth by performing a root canal. However, if the crack is severe, then he might recommend having the entire tooth extracted. Once your gums have healed after extraction, we can help you explore your restoration options.

If you have a cracked tooth in Raleigh, North Carolina, you should not delay in contacting Midtown Dental at 919-847-8074 to schedule an emergency appointment.