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Your tooth enamel is one of the hardest biological substances. This is what gives your teeth the strength to bite and chew hard foods. Unfortunately, there are still some extreme situations when an oral accident or blow to the face can hit with such force that it cracks or shatters a tooth.

The severity of the damage will directly influence the first-aid and treatment that Dr. Denver Palmer advocates.

If the crack is shallow and limited to just the tooth enamel, then your dentist might be able to repair it with a standard dental filling. However, if too much tooth enamel has been damaged, then the best course of action might be to restore the tooth with a dental crown.

If the cracked tooth produces a sharp pain or heightened sensitivity, it likely means the damage extends down into the pulp or root of the tooth. In a case like this, Dr. Denver Palmer might need to perform a root canal to resolve the problem.

If the crack is extreme or if the tooth has split, Dr. Denver Palmer might need to completely extract the tooth and suture your gums. Once your gums have completely healed, he can help you understand your restoration options. The two most common methods are to either install a dental bridge or a dental implant.

If you have a cracked tooth in Farmington, New Mexico, you should call (505) 327.0044 to schedule an emergency appointment at Cedar Pointe Family Dentistry.