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At Gilbert Omido DDS, P.A., our dentist and team are happy to assist our patients in addressing their oral care needs. As you may already know, tooth enamel is the toughest substance in your smile and even your body and is harder than any bone. Even so, your teeth can be damaged and become fractured. Our team can help you know how to treat a fractured tooth to prevent further damage.

If you are chewing and experience a sharp pain in a tooth as you bite down but feel nothing when there is no pressure on the tooth, it may be fractured. You can develop a cracked tooth under a number of circumstances:

– Chewing on hard objects like firm candy, ice and nuts that can cause fracture
– Oral trauma to a tooth
– Tooth enamel exposed to temperature extremes such as hot soup and ice water– Persistently grinding or clenching your teeth, a condition known as bruxism

To treat a cracked tooth, our dentist will need to examine the tooth structure and determine which treatment is required. If the crack is minor, we can use a tooth-colored material called composite resin to bond the tooth, but a severe crack may require the tooth to receive a root canal or be extracted. We encourage you to attend routine dental checkups to reveal developing tooth problems while they are minor and will respond to conservative treatment.

If you suspect you are suffering from a cracked tooth in Wichita, Kansas, don’t overlook it. Please call our office at 316-683-0440 right away. Meanwhile, we encourage you to avoid chewing on the injured side of your mouth until you can see Dr. Gilbert Omido to improve your oral health.