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Signs You Have a Cracked Tooth Princeton, NJ
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Few emergencies in life happen at a convenient time, yet most emergencies present themselves with obvious signs so that you know to seek immediate attention. However, a cracked tooth is often overlooked or ignored simple because people do not know the signs that they have a cracked tooth.

While tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, it is not invincible to damage. Many people crack their teeth doing common, yet bad habits: biting their fingernails, chewing ice, or biting down on hard candy. Biting down on something hard puts a great amount of pressure on the teeth, and it can cause the tooth enamel to crack. Avoiding these bad habits is very important in protecting your teeth. It is also important to protect your teeth with appropriate mouth guards and/or helmets when participating in recreational sports and activities. Protecting your teeth needs to be a high priority because you only get one set of permanent teeth.

Cracking a tooth by biting down on something hard typically results in immediate and intense pain, letting you know that it is imperative that you visit your dentist right away. However, other signs are less obvious. Signs that you have a cracked tooth include:

  • Intense pain in a tooth.
  • Sharp pain when chewing. Many people describe this pain as a sharp pain when biting down (i.e. opening the crack in the tooth), but that the pain is immediately relieved when they separate their teeth (i.e. the crack closes). The is one of the most overlooked signs of a cracked tooth, simply because people are unaware that the issue is significant.
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, or sour foods or beverages.
  • A visible line in a tooth.
  • A chipped tooth.
  • Discoloration of a single tooth.

A cracked tooth can easily become infected, and this infection can spread quickly to neighboring teeth, gum tissues, and even the blood stream – making this a definite dental emergency. If you experience any signs of a cracked tooth, please contact Prime Dental Care today. We are here for all of your dental care needs, and we want to help you protect your smile for years to come.

Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care

417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ, 08540

(609) 688-8818

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My husband has been going to Dr Ma and this practice for many years and swears by them so I thought I would try it out. Very pleasant and professional with a great location and good availability, they respond to queries in a timely way and provide reminders for appointments via text which is great since some practices appear to be in the dark ages on some of the practical stuff. Everyone seems to try to ensure you have a pleasant visit (in spite of being to the dentist!) so kudos to the whole operation. Also, a lot of care has been taken to go above and beyond the requirements of hygiene during this pandemic including state-of-the-art air filtration systems.

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I’m experiencing a very painful toothache during the COVID-19 period. Thanks for Dr. Ma’s quick response using the “teledentistry”, I got a timely and precise diagnosis without having to step out of my house. I really appreciated their help at this moment!

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Prime Dental care has a great friendly staff. I had a wonderful experience with my hygienist Kate, she was very thorough, professional, and kind! Dr. Ma was informative and did a wonderful job of explaining everything. Would highly recommend Prime Dental Care!

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Dr. Ma and her staff are very friendly and super thorough. They take the time to explain every part of the care and are invested in my overall dental health. I would recommend them to everyone!

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