My tooth split in half below the gumline, and I am holding it together with floss. It split last night, and I am calling offices for a same-day crown. I’ve been asking dentists how soon I can get a crown, but the first available appointment is at the end of next week. How long will the tooth hold? It’s beginning to feel loose. – Thank you. Andrej
Thank you for contacting Dr. Perry’s office. We recommend getting an emergency appointment with a dentist. Your request for a same-day crown was insufficient for a dental office appointment scheduler to understand that you need urgent care. Instead of asking for a same-day crown, please explain that your tooth split, and a dentist will see you immediately if the office is open. Otherwise, the dentist will return your call with advice on handling the situation.
What Is the Treatment for a Split Tooth?
The treatment for a split tooth depends on its condition. According to the American Association of Endodontics, these factors affect your treatment options:
- The extent of the crack
- Crack location
- Whether a dentist or endodontist can save a portion of the tooth
You should not tie the floss around your tooth. The floss can add more tension to the tooth and cause more damage. You should see a dentist right away.
Please remember that a dental crown is insufficient for saving your tooth. Sometimes, an endodontist (root canal specialist) will recommend root canal treatment to remove damaged, inflamed, or infected tooth pulp.
The longer you delay treatment, the more challenging it will be for a dentist to save your tooth. Call a dentist or endodontist’s office to get care right away.