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Signs You Have a Cracked Tooth Gainesville, GA
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Not all dental emergencies are as obvious as most people think. While a knocked out tooth is quite obvious, other serious issues can mask themselves, or people can simply ignore certain signs that they feel are “not that big of a deal.” A cracked tooth is one of the most overlooked dental emergencies. In fact, many people are unaware that they have a cracked tooth until they go in for a regular dental appointment and the dentist points it out to them. It may seem as though an issue that does not always present itself with obvious signs is not truly that dire – but the fact is, a cracked tooth leaves your entire mouth vulnerable to serious consequences.

A cracked tooth is a serious issue because it allows bacteria and debris to enter into the inner layers of the tooth. When a crack opens under pressure, bacteria and tiny particles of food and sugars can enter the tooth. Then, when pressure is taken off the tooth, the crack will close and trap damaging elements inside the tooth. These elements can cause infection and decay to begin, affecting the tooth from the inside out. When infection and decay occurs in one tooth, it can easily spread to neighboring teeth and gum tissues; it can even enter into the blood stream, causing severe health conditions.

Understanding the signs that you may have a cracked tooth are vitally important to your oral and overall health. Signs that you have a cracked tooth include:

  • Severe and immediate pain after biting down on something hard (e.g. ice or candy)
  • Intense pain while chewing. Pain that occurs when you bite down and then is relieved when you separate your teeth is a good indicator of a cracked tooth
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures or sweet and sour items
  • A chipped tooth
  • A visible line within a tooth
  • Discoloration of a single tooth

If you have any signs of a cracked tooth, or you have any other concerns regarding your dental health, please contact Gainesville Dental Group today. Our team of doctors and our professional dental staff are committed to providing the highest standard in dental care to all of our patients.

Posted on behalf of Gainesville Dental Group

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Bev M.

Very happy with the staff at Gainesville Dental Group. The doctors are caring and experienced. I never am left in the waiting room. The hygienist always ask thorough questions and report to the doctor before the exam, saving me from having to repeat everything. Highly recommend.

Dennis C.

I came to Gainesville Dental Group with a crown that was in bad shape and painful. Dr. Vetter was very knowledgeable about what needed to be done and went to great lengths to ensure the treatment to resolve the problem was in my best interest. He and assistant Sarah Riley were very professional yet personable. They worked together seamlessly in a manner that put me at ease and were very focused on fixing the tooth. Any physical discomfort was minimal and both Dr. Vetter and Sarah were encouraging and positive. A very good experience.

Sarah R.

I come to Gainesville Dental Group for my routine cleanings and absolutely love it! It’s very clean and I love how up to date they are with digital X-rays and photos of the teeth. I had to have a filling and they were able to point out on the screen where my cavity was on the X-ray. It’s much easier getting the work done when you have an understanding of what the doctor is doing! Dr. Vetter did my filling and the whole procedure was pain free! I can’t say enough good things about this group!

Linda H.

Dr. Gannon and Hannah were great. They talked me thru my procedure and made sure I was comfortable and pain free. The office was friendly and pleasant. My hubby and son have used them and liked them. I've found a new dentist! Thank You GDG.

Candace C.

Since I started my orthodontic treatment fifteen months ago, the staff at Gainesville Dental Group have been exceptional. Dr. Vetter is so kind and energetic and Kim puts you at ease while she works miracles! I am thrilled at my results and that they worked within my timeframe. I gladly recommend The Gainesville Dental Group for a personalized experience. Thank you!

Kayla B.

The whole office staff is amazing! Super friendly and helpful. Dr. Gannon has always been very nice and does great work! My husband sees Dr. Vetter and has only good things to say as well. I highly recommend this office!

Lorrie M.

This is by far the best dental group I have been to in a long time. The staff is wonderful and caring. From the front office to the Dentists are a class act. Very kind and explain step by step. High quality work. Don't plan on going anywhere else. My husband has had the same experience. Do yourself a favor and check them out. Tell them Lorrie sent you

Bruce Y.

Great dental visit! Went in for annual cleaning and x-rays. Donna did an awesome job and pointed out a potential issue which she brought up to the doctor who concurred. It was an excellent visit. Thank you to the "team" @ Gainesville Dental Group.

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Gainesville GA, 30501

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