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Your teeth are tough. They can serve you throughout a lifetime of biting, chewing and speaking. Your teeth can exert an incredible amount of power, but they are not indestructible. From time to time, accidents happen, and if you haven’t kept up with your brushing and flossing, your teeth can weaken over time. So at some point, you may find yourself dealing with a chipped or cracked tooth.

If you have chipped a tooth, you may decide to do nothing if you don’t feel any pain, or the chip is not large or visible. However, you should still see our dentist, Dr. Lynh Pham in Garland, Texas, for an examination; she may suggest a course of treatment to prevent further damage later. The dentist may be able to smooth the chip over, or correct the damage with a crown or veneer.

A cracked tooth is a different story. In this situation, you should contact our office as soon as possible so that we can see you. In the case of a cracked tooth, the dentist may need to perform a root canal to save the tooth, and may recommend placing a crown over the tooth. In some cases, extraction and restoration may be necessary. You may not even know that you have a cracked tooth. However, if you experience pain when chewing or biting, or sensitivity to cold or heat, you should let the dentist know.

If you have cracked or chipped a tooth, have pain in your teeth, or if it is just time for your regular cleaning and exam, contact our office at 972.485.1200. We’ll be happy to schedule you for an appointment