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The enamel layer of each of your teeth is made up of a dense microscopic mineral crystal structure that is extremely hard. As hard as tooth enamel is there are still times when a hard fall, blow to the face or other accident can actually crack the enamel layer on one of your teeth.

While it’s natural for the initial trauma to cause pain, if a cracked tooth has a persistent pain or sharp sensitivity to hot and cold, it most likely means that the crack in the tooth extends deep into the pulp of the tooth. In a situation like this Dr. Michael Smith & Evan Smith might need to perform a root canal on the tooth to restore the damaged internal structures and replace the enamel layer with a crown.

Even if the crack doesn’t expose the internal structures of the tooth you should still have Dr. Michael Smith & Evan Smith examine it. The damaged enamel makes the tooth prone to future issues with tooth decay. Sometimes the problem can be addressed with a simple filling.

After the crack has been treated Dr. Michael Smith & Evan Smith might recommend a basic fluoride treatment or fluoride supplements to strengthen the remaining enamel and prevent tooth decay.

If you have cracked tooth, or a damaged tooth that is causing you pain, you need to call Dr. Michael Smith & Evan Smith immediately at 208-343-4986 to schedule an appointment.