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At Frandsen Dental, Dr. Brian Frandsen and our team are happy to help our patients in West Jordan, Utah with all of your oral care needs. Did you know that tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, even harder than your bones? Even so, those pearly whites can be injured and cause cracked, or fractured, teeth.

If you are eating and feel a sharp pain when you bite down on your food, but it stops when you stop putting pressure on your tooth, your tooth may have a fracture. A tooth can crack for a number of reasons:

  • If you chew on hard objects such as ice, hard candy, or hard nuts you can fracture a tooth.
  • An accident to the mouth can crack a tooth.
  • If your tooth enamel is exposed to temperature extremes, your tooth can crack. So if you are eating hot soup, don’t be tempted to sip ice water with it.
  • Your teeth can crack if you persistently grind or clench your teeth (also known as bruxism).

To repair your cracked tooth, Dr. Brian Frandsen will examine the tooth and determine the proper treatment. For minor cracks, bonding with a tooth-colored composite resin or dental filling may be all that is required, but if the damage is severe, the tooth may need to be extracted, requiring a root canal. Routine dental checkups are important to catch tooth problems when they are still small and treatment is least invasive.

Do you suspect that you may have a cracked tooth? Please call us at 801-890-0030 as soon as possible, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth, take acetaminophen or over-the-counter pain reliever if needed, and occasionally rinse with salt water until you are seen. Dr. Brian Frandsen and our Frandsen Dental team in West Jordan, Utah, are always here to help.