Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

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Cracked Teeth

We can all agree that cracked teeth don't look great. But did you know cracks can lead to tooth loss and other issues?

Cracked teeth are painful and vulnerable. Fortunately, there are many treatments that can repair cracks and protect your oral health.

But I don't see any cracks in my teeth...

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Cracked Teeth Aren't Always Obvious

Pain when Chewing

If you experience pain when you bite down or chew, it could be due to many oral health issues, including a crack you cannot see.

Sensitivity

If you suddenly find that your teeth hurt when drinking cold beverages or biting into hot food, it could be because a crack is causing the pulp of the tooth to become irritated.
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Pain with No Clear Cause

If a toothache starts for no apparent reason, it could be due to any number of oral health issues, including a fractured tooth.

Certain Bad Habits Increase Your Risk for Cracks

Anyone can suffer a cracked tooth, but you face a greater risk if you:

  • Grind or clench your teeth
  • Have misaligned teeth
  • Play contact sports
  • Chew ice or fingernails
  • Eat large quantities of sugary foods
  • Have an eating disorder
  • Suffer from acid reflux

So why do teeth become cracked?

Injury, Pressure, and Weakened Tissue Can All Damage Your Teeth

Trauma

No matter how healthy your teeth are, an impact with a blunt object can easily result in a dental fracture. Cracked teeth are a common injury that occurs in sports, car accidents, the gym, or in the home.

Repeated Pressure

Certain teeth may be subjected to more than their share of bite pressure due to misalignment, using certain teeth to bite fingernails or open packages, or bruxism.
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Compromised Dental Tissue

Acidic foods, stomach acid, and genetics can all result in eroded and weakened dental enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to developing fractures.

"The most important factor in diagnosis of a cracked tooth is awareness that these cracks occur." Caryl E. Cameron, DDS, Northwestern University Dental School

Prevention Is Simple

Attend Regular Dental Checkups

Your dentist can identify signs of teeth grinding and issues such as misalignment, and recommend treatments to correct these issues.

Take Precautions

Wear a mouthguard when playing sports and take safety measures during DIY projects around the house.

Break Bad Habits

Chewing things like pen caps, ice, and fingernails can eventually result in a dental fracture. Too much sugary or acidic food can also increase your risk of a cracked tooth.

X-Rays and Other Tests

X-Rays and Microscopes

Taking an x-ray of your bite can help to reveal cracks that are not immediately apparent to the naked eye. Microscopes can also reveal cracks.

Transillumination

Your dentist may place a light source against the tooth. A crack will interrupt light passing through the tooth.

Bite Tests

If you bite down on an object such as a cotton roll and then suddenly release the pressure, any resulting pain is likely indicative of a cracked tooth.

Treating Cracked Teeth

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Veneers and Bonding

Veneers and bonding can conceal minor cracks that do not threaten your oral health.

Dental Crowns

A more serious dental fracture may require a crown, which can provide protection against further damage.

Root Canal

Some cracks can result in a dental infection. A root canal can remove infected soft tissue and salvage the exterior, which is restored with a dental crown.
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Extraction

If a tooth is too compromised, extraction may be the best solution. The tooth can be replaced with a dental implant and crown to maintain the balance of your bite and prevent jaw atrophy.

Contact a Dentist Right Away

If you can see a dental fracture, or if you are experiencing symptoms such as tooth pain, your best bet is to speak to a dentist immediately. Schedule a consultation today to find a solution.
Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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