Cracked molars are relatively common, especially when you chew extremely hard foods, use your teeth as tools, or experience an oral trauma. However, even though this dental emergency happens on occasion, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get your molar treated as soon as possible.
To help you take care of your tooth and save your smile, our Sensitive Dental dental team encourages you to do the following things:
–Avoid using the tooth: It’s best to avoid using the tooth until you’ve had the problem fixed. This is because there is a high chance of worsening the crack if you use it. So, if you absolutely have to eat, try using the opposite side of your mouth. Also, stick to eating soft foods as a precaution.
–Control the bleeding and reduce swelling: Try to stop the bleeding by applying a piece of gauze pad to the injured area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding subsides. Reduce the swelling by applying an ice pack or cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip that is near the injured area. This will keep the swelling down and relieve pain.
–Visit your dentist: Visit your dentist as soon as possible. When you come into our office, don’t forget to bring your tooth pieces with you, if you have any.
If you have any questions about these tips or if you need additional assistance, please remember that you can always call our office at 281-531-1000 at your earliest convenience. Dr. Jorge Pinera and our dental team are happy to help you treat your cracked molar in Houston, Texas, and we look forward to hearing from you!