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Cracked Tooth: How Do I Know if My Issue Is a Dental Emergency?

Cracked Tooth

Cracked Tooth | Your mouth, teeth, and gums are a complex area of the body that contain many nerves, blood vessels, and other structures. If you should have an issue here, it can definitely cause some concern and discomfort. On the other hand, not every situation qualifies as a true dental emergency.

 Having said that, let’s take a look at some of the most common types of dental issues so that you can see what they involve and whether to make an emergency appointment if they should occur.

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess is an infection around a tooth, which involves an accumulation of pus created by a bacterial infection. This material can build up, leading to inflammation and putting pressure on nerves in the area, leading to severe pain.

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Some possible causes of a dental abscess are:

  • Gum disease
  • Large cavities
  • Cracks
  • Mouth or facial trauma

Regardless of the source of the infection, an untreated dental abscess will eventually spread. The bacteria can even gain access to the bloodstream and cause a condition called sepsis, which can eventually prove fatal. 

If you suspect that you or a family member have developed an abscess, contact us right away for an emergency appointment or visit an emergency dentist or emergency room if we are unavailable.

Cracked Tooth

If you should experience a cracked tooth, don’t delay seeking emergency dental care. A cracked tooth can cause severe pain, an infection, or the need for some type of dental procedure, such as a tooth extraction.

Possible causes of a cracked tooth include:

  • Overly large fillings that weaken a tooth
  • Biting down or chewing on hard objects
  • Teeth grinding
  • Mouth or dental trauma 


You may experience tooth sensitivity due to thinning tooth enamel or a cracked tooth. Or you may develop it because some nerves have become exposed. Some people only experience pain when drinking hot or cold liquids. Or it may happen only when you chew your food.

If you suddenly experience tooth sensitivity, it may represent a dental emergency. At the very least it is something that should not be ignored. So definitely contact us to make an appointment and receive recommendations.

If you tooth sensitivity is caused by thinning enamel, we may recommend a special desensitizing toothpaste or some type of procedure.

If your sensitivity is caused by a cavity or abscess, we can also provide a procedure to relieve your pain and get to the source of the problem.

 Tooth Pain

 Tooth pain, particularly a severe toothache, is a classic sign of a dental emergency in most cases.

 Whenever we experience pain in any part of our bodies, it is always an indication that something is wrong that needs addressing. This is particularly true if you are in severe tooth pain. Severe tooth pain indicates that nerves around your teeth are inflamed and irritated, possibly due to an infection or some type of dental trauma, such as a vehicular accident or sports-related injury.

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Contact Melrose Dental Group today. We treated dental emergencies such as a cracked tooth. New patients are welcome. Call now.

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