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Sometimes chewing on hard and tough foods and objects can crack a tooth in the back of your mouth, which is also called a molar. This is unfortunate because it can cause a weakened smile and promote dental issues. Even if it doesn’t cause pain, it can still be dangerous because it can trap food particles and plaque and create cavities.

To help you deal with your cracked molar, our Morrison Dental Group dental team encourages you to 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 the swelling: Try to stop the bleeding by applying a piece of gauze pad or cloth to the area for about 10 minutes, or until the bleeding stops. If needed, feel free to replace the pad or cloth with a new one after 10 minutes has passed. Reduce the swelling by applying an ice pack or cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip that is near the injured area. This will keep the swelling down and relieve pain.

Visit your dentist: Visit Dr. Robert Morrison as soon as possible. Also, please don’t forget to bring the pieces of your tooth with you when you come in for your emergency appointment if pieces of your tooth happened to break off.

Doing these things will help you treat your cracked molar in Richmond, Virginia. It can also help you avoid further complications and dental issues. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more about how to care for your teeth in a dental emergency, please call our office at 804-261-4020. Our dental team will be more than happy to help you in any way we can!