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Even though your teeth are strong, there are still times when a hard fall, blow to the face or oral accident can crack a tooth. This can be a very serious cause for concern. The depth of the crack in the tooth will determine the treatment options that your dentist, Dr. Ben Vela & Henry Arendono, recommends.

If the cracked tooth has a sharp or persistent pain that does not subside shortly after the initial trauma, it likely means that the crack has penetrated deep into the dentin, pulp or root of the tooth. In some extreme situations, the tooth might even be cleaved in half.

This often calls for Dr. Ben Vela & Henry Arendono to perform a root canal to replace the damaged internal structures of the tooth with a rubbery material called gutta percha. Later, a dental crown can be mounted over the abutment to completely restore the function and appearance of the cracked tooth.

In an extreme situation, Dr. Ben Vela & Henry Arendono might need to completely extract the tooth. Later, they can help you understand your restoration options.

Even if the crack in the tooth is limited to the enamel layer and it causes no additional pain, you should still have Dr. Ben Vela & Henry Arendono examine the tooth. In some cases, the area can be repaired with a filling or a crown.

If you have cracked tooth in Corpus Christi, Texas, you need to call Vela Dental Centers Crosstown at 361.884.2266 to assess the situation and schedule an appointment.