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The enamel layer on each of your teeth is made from microscopic mineral crystals that provide your teeth with the strength and durability to handle biting and chewing food. At the same time, it’s still not unheard-of for a hard fall, a blow to the face or a sports injury to crack a tooth. This is even more likely if you participate in contact sports without a mouth guard or you have a bad habit of nibbling on objects like pens and pencils.

It’s natural for the initial trauma to be shocking and could be associated with short-term pain. If the initial pain subsides in short order, it likely means the crack is shallow and limited to the enamel layer of the tooth.

While you might not feel any pain, the cracked tooth could still pose additional problems with tooth decay and tooth sensitivity in the future. So it’s a good idea to have Dr. David Trebisovsky examine the tooth and discuss your treatment options. Sometimes the cracked tooth can be repaired with a filling.

Please note that if you experience a persistent ache, a sharp pain, or extreme sensitivity in the tooth, it likely means that the crack has penetrated down into the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth. In a situation like this Dr. David Trebisovsky might need to perform a root canal. In an extreme situation, the tooth might need to be extracted and Dr. David Trebisovsky can help you understand your restoration options.

If you have a cracked tooth you should call Dr. David Trebisovsky at 763-561-7000 to schedule an appointment.