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There are times when a blow to the face can hit so hard that it actually cracks the tooth enamel and damages the pulp or root of the tooth. The pain that often accompanies this kind of dental trauma can be intense. How deeply the crack penetrates into the tooth will influence the treatment options your Dr. Dean Doles recommends.

If you feel a sharp or persistent pain in the tooth it most likely means that the damage extends into the pulp or root of the tooth. In cases like this Dr. Dean Doles will likely need to perform a root canal. This will replace the damaged internal structures with of the tooth, and form an abutment to later anchor a crown in place.

Even if the crack is shallow and limited to the tooth enamel layer, you should still have one of our Dr. Dean Doles examine it. Without treatment and repair the compromised area will likely come to harbor a new area of tooth decay. If the crack is minor, it might be possible for Dr. Dean Doles to repair it with a filling. If it’s significant, but the interior of the tooth is healthy, he might need to install a crown.

If you have cracked tooth you need to call Dr. Dean Doles’s clinic in Allen, Texas at 972-727-7269 to seek immediate treatment.