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Your tooth enamel is very hard, which allows you to bite off, chew and grind hard foods. Unfortunately, it can still be damaged by the forces associated with a blow to the face or a hard fall. Sometimes these events can carry so much force that it actually cracks or shatters a tooth.

The severity of the crack will directly determine the treatment method Dr. Denise M. Walthour advocates.

In some cases, a shallow crack might only damage the tooth enamel. This often can be repaired with a filling or restoring all of the tooth enamel with a crown.

However, if you feel a sharp or persistent pain in the cracked tooth it most likely means that the damage extends into the pulp or root of the tooth. In a case like this Dr. Denise M. Walthour 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.

If the crack has severely damaged the interior of the tooth, it is possible that Dr. Denise M. Walthour’s only course of treatment is to extract the tooth and suture the gums. Once your gums have completely healed she can help you decide if you want to restore the tooth’s presence in your mouth via a dental implant or a bridge.

If you have cracked tooth you should not delay in seeking treatment by calling Dr. Denise M. Walthour’s office in Portland, Oregon at 503-235-7181 for urgent treatment.