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From time to time, you may break a tooth. This may happen to a tooth that has been weakened by a cavity, a large, older filling, eating something hard or tough, a blow to the mouth or a collision. The problem may be an actual fracture, or it may be only be a crack. Either way, you will need to see a dentist.

If the tooth is broken, you should call your dentist right away and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. If you have a nerve that is in danger, you may need a root canal and a break or cavity in your tooth will need to be repaired to prevent an infection. Until your appointment there are things you can do that will help. Rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any blood, debris or bits of broken tooth. You can stop any bleeding using a clean piece of gauze or a tea bag. For the pain, try a pain reliever or a cold compress.

A cracked tooth may not hurt right away, and may you may only feel pain when you bite or chew; or eat or drink something cold, hot or sweet. Since the crack may be hard to see, if you experience pain, you should make a note of where it occurred in your mouth, and see your dentist as soon as you can.

If you have broken a tooth, you think that you may have a cracked tooth, or if it is just time for your regular appointment, our dentist, Dr. Novan Nguyen can help. If you live in the Stockton, California, area, you can call 209-952-9290 to schedule a visit at Smile 32.