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Dental emergencies can be terrifying and nerve-wracking, but it’s important to remember that our Jolly Family Dentistry dental team is here to help you whenever you need it. Today, we would like to tell you how to take care of and treat a cracked molar.

Oftentimes, chewing on hard foods and objects and using your teeth as tools can crack one or more of your molars. You can usually tell if your molar is cracked if the tooth is severely painful or sensitive. To help you get through this situation, we encourage you to keep a cool head and do the following things:

-Avoid using the tooth: If you need to eat after you’ve cracked your molar, then it’s best to avoid chewing with that tooth. So, all you need to do is chew on the other side of the mouth and do your best to eat soft foods, just in case.

-Control the bleeding and reduce swelling: Apply a piece of gauze pad to the injured area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress outside the mouth, cheek, or lip that is near the injured tooth. This will keep the swelling down and relieve your pain.

-Visit your dentist: Visit your dentist as soon as possible so she can restore your oral health and give you the smile and comfort you deserve. Please remember to bring the pieces of the tooth, if there are any, with you when you come into the office.

Doing these things can help you take good care of your smile and oral health. If you have any questions about the provided tips or if you would like to know more about how to take care of a cracked molar in Little Rock, Arkansas, please call our office at 501.228.6360 and talk to a member of our dental team. Dr. Rebecca Barfield would also be happy to help you in any way she can if you just schedule an appointment.