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Is My Cracked Tooth a Dental Emergency? Marietta, GA

Is My Cracked Tooth a Dental Emergency?

Dental Pain

Tooth enamel is composed of strong minerals. In fact, it’s the hardest substance in the entire human body! Unfortunately, your teeth can still chip or crack. Even healthy teeth can fracture under certain pressures and situations, including chronic teeth grinding, biting down on a piece of hard candy, a bad fall or contact sports. Should you run to the dentist for emergency dental care if you crack or chip your tooth? It depends.

Calling your dentist right away after tooth trauma is always best, but it may not be necessary to be seen immediately for urgent dental treatment. A chipped tooth that is causing intense pain or bleeding is typically considered an emergency situation. However, if the fractured tooth is not causing discomfort, you can likely schedule a dental appointment as soon as it is convenient for you to come in. Minor cracks that only involve the tooth enamel may be unsightly or even uncomfortable to your tongue or lips, but it isn’t posing an immediate threat to the health of your tooth. When you are unsure about the severity of your tooth trauma, let your dentist decide your timing of treatment.

Just because your cracked tooth doesn’t need same-day attention doesn’t mean you can wait several weeks or months to be evaluated by a dentist. When the outer tooth enamel is damaged, your tooth has lost its full protection. You become more vulnerable to cavities and may begin to experience sensitivity to hot and cold substances. To avoid more invasive treatment such as a root canal or crown, don’t delay your cracked or chipped tooth treatment too long.

Whether you have throbbing tooth pain, lost a tooth, or sustained any other dental emergency, you can count on Gilreath Family Dentistry to provide the patient-centered care and modern dental treatment you deserve.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060

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