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DR. KAREN WELIKY, DMD
2636 SE Harrison
Milwaukie, Oregon 97222
Contact Us: 503-659-9658
info@springcreekfamilydentistry.com
Spring Creek Family Dentistry
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During these uncertain times due to the COVID-19, our team is doing everything we can to protect you and your families with extra precautions. We are paying close attention to the evolving CDC state guidelines and have made adjustments to our office and schedule, as we want to prioritize your safety first and foremost. Our goal is to ensure you that you are safe and well taken care of, and we don’t want your dental needs to go ignored. So please feel free to call us at 503-659-9658 with any questions or concerns you may have concerning our new protocols or your dental health.

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Is a Cracked Tooth Ever a Dental Emergency?
Posted on 7/23/2020 by Dr. Jeff Casebier, DMD
Is a Cracked Tooth Ever a Dental Emergency?Most of the time, our teeth work just fine and require very little attention to keep them going. However, there are times when it's essential to notice the urgency of a matter and take action as soon as possible. It is painful to crack, chip, or break a tooth. Although the damage can be slight or extensive, a cracked tooth shouldn't take the back seat. Since most tooth cracks and chips don't result in blood gushing out, people ignore them and hope that the problem will either go away soon enough or wait for their next appointment. However, is this the right approach?

How to Handle a Cracked Tooth


A cracked tooth is often quite painful, depending on the extent of the crack. The tooth has several layers to it for protection. Although the enamel is quite hard, pressure on the tooth can cause it to crack, leaving the nerves and blood vessels exposed. Since this isn't their natural state, the tooth can get very painful.

In that case, you should make sure that you gently flush your mouth with warm water to clean out the tooth in question. Depending on how much pain you are feeling, you can either go for an over the counter medication to help manage the pain or leave it as is until you come and see us.

However, if you've got the time, it's recommended that you see us as soon as possible. We can perform several tests to have a clear picture of the damage in question and determine the correct treatment for the tooth. Some teeth crack easily because of an already inherent problem that needs attention immediately. We can then treat the underlying problem and, depending on the extent of the damage, look at several fixes, including bonding, polishing, and a tooth extraction, or even in some cases, a root canal coupled with a crown replacement.

General and Family Dentistry
for Milwauke, Oregon and the
Greater Southeast Portland Community




Phone


503-659-9658

Hours


Mon - Thu: 7:30am–4:00pm
Fri - Sun: Closed
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