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Sometimes people chew on hard foods or use their teeth as tools and hear a loud “CRACK!” or “CRUNCH!” in the back of their mouth. This often means they have cracked one of their molars, especially if the tooth is extremely painful and sensitive. If you have experienced this situation recently, then our Matthew Jelinek dental team is here to help you.

You can improve the situation and treat your cracked molar in Shakopee, Minnesota, by doing these things:

Avoid using the tooth: If you can, try to avoid eating anything until your tooth receives treatment. This is important because if you use your tooth, there is a chance you could worsen the damage. So, if you have to eat something, make sure to chew on the opposite side of your mouth and stick to eating soft foods, just in case.

Control the bleeding and reduce swelling: Try to stop the bleeding by applying a piece of gauze pad to the injured area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding subsides. Do your best to reduce the swelling by icing outside the area with an ice pack. This will also reduce the pain and give you some comfort.

Visit your dentist: See Dr. Matthew Jelinek as soon as possible and bring the broken pieces of your tooth, if you have any, with you when you come in for your emergency appointment.

Doing these things will help you stay on track toward a strong and successful smile. To learn more about how to deal with and treat a cracked molar in Shakopee, Minnesota, please call our office at 952.233.1020 and talk to a member of our dental team. We are happy to help you in any way we can, especially because we care a lot about you and your oral health. We look forward to hearing from you!