Shipp Family Dentistry

I cracked a tooth. How do I know if it's an emergency?

A cracked tooth is similar to losing a filling. You may or may not experience pain right away, but call us so we can take care of you before the tooth hurts or breaks further. 

It is important that you have your cracked tooth in Columbus evaluated as soon as you can, even if it's not causing you immediate pain. This is because a cracked tooth can result in many future problems if it is left untreated, such as:

  • A tooth infection - A cracked tooth allows bacteria into the inner layers and the nerve of your tooth
  • A broken tooth - A crack or fracture in your tooth will only progress with time and could result in your tooth breaking
  • Tooth loss - A severely cracked tooth may not be salvageable and could require a tooth extraction

Treatment for a cracked tooth may run the gamut of a filling, dental crown, root canal, or tooth extraction. Columbus dentist, Dr. Patrick Shipp, will evaluate your cracked tooth and recommend the best treatment for your needs. 

Contact Shipp Family Dentistry today for more information on how we can help you with your cracked tooth, or to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Shipp.

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