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As hard as your tooth enamel is, there are still some situations that can cause a crack in one or more teeth. While it could be something as traumatic as a blow to the face, other things like grinding your teeth or nibbling on foreign objects can also lead to fractures and cracks in tooth enamel.

Even if a crack is shallow and limited to the tooth enamel, it can still come to harbor tooth decay. So, it’s a smart move to have the tooth examined by your dentist, Dr. Denise M. Walthour, and explore your treatment options. Sometimes the cracked tooth can be repaired with a simple filling or a dental crown.

If the cracked tooth causes pain or heightened sensitivity, it likely means the crack has damaged some of the interior structures of the tooth. In a situation like this, Dr. Denise M. Walthour 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. Denise M. Walthour can help replace the tooth by either installing a dental bridge or a dental implant.

If you have a cracked tooth in Portland, Oregon, you need to call Powell Boulevard Dental at 503-235-7181 as soon as possible to seek timely treatment.