Cracked Filling or Tooth

Several options for treatment, all handled in-house

Signs include wavering or inconsistent pain when eating or drinking, and treatment includes:

  • Repairing the tooth with a filling material
  • Placing a crown to protect the tooth from further damage
  • Endodontic (root canal) treatment if pulp is involved
  • Extracting the tooth if it is severely cracked and cannot be saved

Our smiles are built to last. In fact, tooth enamel — the outer surface of our teeth — is the hardest substance in the human body, even stronger than our bones. That tooth enamel can withstand a lot of wear and tear. But as we live longer, and expose our teeth to stresses like clenching, grinding or chewing on hard objects, we can put our smiles at risk.

If you think you have a cracked tooth, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible. Treatment depends on the type, location and severity of the crack, and the first step in deciding the best course of action is to take an X-ray. The best scenario is that a simple filling is all that is needed to repair the damaged area. However, if the crack is too deep or large, then root canal therapy, a ceramic crown or, worst case, an extraction might be necessary. We will recommend the best course of treatment for repairing the tooth and getting you out of pain the same day.

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Provider for most PPO
Dental Insurances:

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Florida Combined Life
  • Guardian
  • Met Life
  • Dha
  • Assurant
  • Comp Benefits
  • Fortis
  • Humana
  • Principal
  • United Concordia
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Geha
  • Lincoln Financial
  • Solstice
  • United Health Care

If your PPO dental plan is not listed, please contact us as we may be able to electronically file your claim with your insurance company and file for your reimbursement.

In-office Insurance:

No insurance? No problem. We offer in-office insurance for your convenience.

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We take the time to review all recommended treatment fees, and will help in any way we can so all patients are able to receive the necessary treatment they deserve.

Our facility was designed with your healing in mind

Bi•o•phil•i•a

noun a scientific movement linking human health and responsiveness to natural environments

Life loves life. It may seem like common sense to some, but it’s actually real science. Recent studies in biophilia have shown that people actually heal faster and perform better when surrounded by nature and natural light, which is why we designed every inch of this facility based on this principle.

Each operatory has floor-to-ceiling windows and live plants, which allow for a calming and healing environment for the patient. Doctors and team members also benefit as natural lighting lowers the occurrence of human errors.

Access to Natural Light
Absence of harmful chemicals
Clean air and filtered water
Lush healing gardens

Care Instructions

After Treatment:

  • Your endodontic (root canal) treatment is now complete. Taking pain medication before the numbness wears off may help maintain an acceptable comfort level. Please wait to eat or drink on the affected side until after the numbness has worn away, which usually takes about 30 minutes.
  • Please do not chew or attempt to eat on the affected side while you are still numb.Do not try to feel around your tooth with your tongue as you have a temporary filling in the tooth and it takes about 30 minutes to harden.
  • You may floss and brush your tooth as normal, unless told otherwise by the doctor.

Discomfort:

  • Discomfort or soreness in the area is normal for a few days (or up to 10 days) and range from mild to severe. This occurs because of existing infection and inflammation of the gum and tooth ligaments as well as the manipulation of the tooth during treatment. The gums may be sore and the tooth is often tender to biting or chewing. Over the counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, Aspirin, Motrin, Excedrin, and Tylenol should relieve most of the discomfort (take as directed). Rinsing with warm salt water (1 teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water) will help. Discomfort in the area in no way affects the successful outcome of treatment.
  • If antibiotics and/or pain medications were prescribed, please take them as directed. If you were given a prescription for pain, it is meant to help you with more serious discomfort only for a couple of days. In the unlikely event that swelling, fever, or severe pain should occur, please call the office.

Temporary Filling:

  • A temporary filling has been placed in the entry made into your tooth. It is normal for a thin layer of the temporary filling to be chewed away between appointments. An unusual taste can be expected. It is very rare for it to fall out entirely because it is very deep in the canal, but if it does fall out, please contact us as soon as possible. It’s important that your temporary filling stays intact until the placement of a permanent restoration.
  • Do not use the tooth to bite down on anything hard (peanuts, pretzels, ice, etc.) until the permanent filling/crown has been placed on the tooth. Again, the tooth is prone to fracture and if you bite down on anything too hard or crunchy you may fracture the tooth.

Final Restorations:

  • Endodontically treated teeth have been weakened by previous decay and fillings. You need to have a permanent filling or a crown placed on your tooth within one month of the root canal being completed. This will protect these teeth against future fracture and decay, and protect the root canal filling from possible contamination. Delay in obtaining a final restoration may result in fracture and/or possible loss of the tooth or require a retreatment or a root canal.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call our office for a follow up appointment.

Future Appointments:

  • Appointments will be made for you to evaluate your healing and monitor your progress following your surgical procedure(s). These appointments are important and should be kept as scheduled.

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