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Dr. James D. Schuette and our team are grateful to be able to help our patients in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with all of your oral health needs. With the holidays officially in full swing and festive feasting on the menu, tooth pain is not something you want to deal with.

But if you feel a sharp pain when you bite down on your food or you constantly have to chew on one side of your mouth because of pain, you may have a cracked tooth. What can cause a tooth to crack?

  • If you chew on hard objects such as ice, hard candy, or hard nuts you can fracture a tooth.
  • A blow to the mouth can crack a tooth.
  • If tooth enamel is exposed to temperature extremes, your tooth can crack. So if you are eating hot soup, don’t be tempted to sip ice water with it.
  • Your teeth can crack if you persistently grind or clench your teeth (also known as bruxism).

To repair a cracked tooth, Dr. James D. Schuette will first examine the tooth to determine proper treatment. For example, if the tooth has minor cracks, bonding with a tooth-colored composite resin or dental filling may be all that will be required. However, if the damage is severe or affecting the tooth pulp, the tooth may require further treatment.

If your tooth needs to be extracted, Dr. James D. Schuette will review tooth replacement options with you to restore your beautiful smile. At our dental office, we offer high-quality, natural-looking tooth replacement options, including dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges.

If you are currently experiencing tooth pain of any kind, we encourage you to call us at 816-554-7656 as soon as possible. Until you are seen by our dentist, Dr. James D. Schuette, please avoid chewing on that side of your mouth. We will help you restore your tooth so that you can enjoy this holiday season with a smile!