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Signs You Have a Cracked Tooth

Alexandria VA General DentistryA cracked tooth is considered to be a dental emergency, yet many people are unaware that they even have a cracked tooth in their mouth. This may sound surprising, considering that most emergencies are quite obvious. However, many people only learn that they have a cracked tooth during a routine visit to the dentist when it is brought to their attention. There are signs that you have a cracked tooth, and knowing what these signs are can help you get the treatment that you need in a timely manner before more serious damage occurs to your tooth.

The first sign of a cracked tooth is pain in a single tooth. When a tooth is cracked, people generally experience pain when they bite down on food. This pain occurs because the pressure from biting opens up the crack and exposes the extremely sensitive roots of the tooth’s inner layer. Once pressure is taken off the tooth, the pain will typically go away almost immediately. This on-off pain is a good indicator of a cracked tooth, and it is important to have it evaluated sooner rather than later. Any time a crack opens up in the tooth it is allowing bacteria and debris from the mouth to enter into the tooth. This can lead to serious infection and decay, making a much more invasive procedure necessary to save your tooth.

Other signs that you have a cracked tooth include:

  • Extreme tooth sensitivity
  • A line in a single tooth
  • Discoloration of a single tooth
  • A chipped tooth
  • Any discomfort within or surrounding a tooth

The most common causes of cracked tooth are bad habits (e.g. chewing ice and/or hard candies), poor oral hygiene that leaves the teeth weak, and not wearing proper mouth protection during recreational activities.

At Green Dental of Alexandria, we are here for all of your dental needs. If you are concerned that you have a cracked tooth, or you have any other dental issues that need to be addressed, please contact our dental practice today. We are committed to providing the highest standard in dentistry.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Hye Park, Green Dental of Alexandria

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Patti B.
I had my first visit, for a routine cleaning. I am very impressed with the ease of scheduling an appointment, the convenience of appointments outside of ""regular"" business hours, the friendly staff and the thoroughness of the examination and cleaning procedure. Dr. Park was careful, compassionate, a good listener, and explained a lot about my teeth and her recommendations to care for my dental health moving forward. I am pleased and I look forward to being a long-term patient! Thanks Green Dental of Alexandria!
Roberto B.
Gold Stars on all fronts. The office is spotless, gives off a great vibe and has quiet soothing classical music playing. The front desk people are very warm and go above and beyond. Televisions are placed above the chairs so you can relax and watch TV while they work away under the hood. Dr. Park is very kind, thorough, and addressed all my concerns and questions.
Sure cleanings hurt a bit, but I actually look forward to them now!
Lauren K.
Best dental experience I've had in a long time. The reception/billing staff was friendly and helpful. The dental hygienists were gentle and knowledgeable. Dr Park was kind, thorough, and answered all of my questions. I'll be back!
Terry A.
Dr. Park has a wonderful manner with her patients! I feel very fortunate to have her as my dentist. Her hygienists and office staff are very competent and kind. I would go nowhere else.
Jennifer B.
I just had my first appointment at Green Dental and I couldn't be happier with their service. I tend to be nervous when going to the dentist, but all of the staff were very welcoming and nice. The exam chair massages your back as you're getting your cleaning and there's a television on the ceiling to distract you from dental work. The cleaning and evaluation was very gentle. Thanks, Green Dental!
Saletta C.
I've been a patient for 3.5 years. Today I got a tooth pulled. I am not proud of that. Dr. Park gave me options today that included allowing her to pull it or go see an Oral Surgeon. There was no way I was leaving her office when I trust her so much. I was nervous but I trust her more than anyone I've ever trusted to complete dental work. I am very found of Dr. Park and how caring and gentle her care is with each patient. I was equally impressed when I walked into her office today. Dr. Park was personally calling a patient just to see how he was doing after a visit. I joked with her about that .... what Dr. calls just to check on you anymore. Very nice. Very much appreciated.
Ranjana S.
I picked this because it was close and was impressed with the polite professionalism I encountered. Loved that I did not have to wait, but also loved the massage chair to relax tired back muscles. I felt the cost of procedures was a little on the high side...
Chantel L.
One of the best dental clinics I've been to thus far. I love the fact that they give an incentive (free tooth whitening) for good dental hygiene and their service is impeccable. I'm happy they actually went over the x-rays and pictures they took of my teeth to give more knowledge of what they look for in x-rays. I'm so happy I found them!
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