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How Do Dentists Fix a Cracked or Broken Tooth? Elk Grove, CA
A young woman during a dental appointment showing the problem area to the dentist.

Perhaps you chipped or broke a tooth by falling into concrete, grinding your teeth at night, chewing ice or biting hard candy. Regardless of how the damage occurred, a cracked or broken tooth can be a frightening and devastating experience. However, you need not fret. Repairs can be made to the tooth to restore your beautiful smile.

How Do You Know if You Have a Cracked or Broken Tooth?

Molars are prone to cracking because they are located at the back and sides of your mouth and take the brunt of the force during chewing or teeth grinding.

There is a chance you will not pinpoint the exact second the damage occurs, because it is not always a painful experience. Other times, you may have a cracked or broken tooth if you experience pain or sensitivity when drinking or eating food — hot or cold. Please consult the expert dental team at Ora Dentistry about this as soon as possible.

The Importance of Biannual Checkups and Cleanings for Finding Cracks

There are moments when you may not notice that you have a cracked tooth. However, a regular checkup with your dentist could reveal the problem. As you can see, the importance of regular checkups cannot be overstated.

If the fracture extends through the enamel, it needs to be treated so it does not worsen or become infected. The dental treatment will depend on the depth of the crack. Your dentist at Ora Dentistry may suggest covering your tooth with a crown, performing a root canal or extracting the tooth.

If there is an infection, we may recommend a root canal. Unfortunately, extraction will be the only option if a tooth is too far gone to be saved. Therefore, visiting a dentist if you so much as suspect a crack is wise. By starting treatment sooner rather than later, you can avoid more extensive procedures.

Treatment Options for Cracked and Broken Teeth

Damaged tooth treatments include:

  • Crowns
  • Veneers
  • Dental implants
  • Root Canals
  • Bonding
  • Fillings
  • Sealants

A damaged tooth is a dental emergency. Contact our dental team as soon as you can to schedule an appointment. We will examine the extent of the damage and choose the least invasive treatment possible to restore your tooth.

Posted on behalf of Ora Dentistry

2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000


Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm


Cynthia B.

Very confused by the website and advertising as an after hour/emergency dental service. I broke a tooth this evening and was looking for emergency dental services for the earliest appointment. I called and a receptionist/operator picked up on a Friday evening close to 8 p.m. and said that the emergency dental service was only for existing patients. That isn't on the website and in fact, the top line on the website states if you need emergency dental care , call. Don't mind that they aren't able to see me, but the operator needs a better script when explaining their services and should also provide better service or don't be an after hour receptionist. She also never asked me if I WAS an existing patient. Would love to give no stars, but I can't post unless I pick one. UPDATE: So wasn't expecting the owner of the practice to call me. I spoke with Dr. Dalla and he explained in detail their policies and calmed my anxiety regarding my broken tooth.. I appreciate that he is a business owner that pays attention to what is being said about his practice and would take the time to follow up. I may have found a new dentist.

Abida G.

I’ve been searching for a dental office for my special needs daughter for a long time. I called many offices explaining her situation that she had Autism and anxiety and I was told they didn’t see special needs kids. I came across Ora Dentistry through my google search and gave them a call explained to them my situation and they told me they’d be happy to see her. We scheduled an appointment. On the day of the appointment I called again and explained her situation and told them she would like her sister and mom to be there for support due to her anxiety and they were totally accommodating and that put me at ease. We got to our appointment and were greeted by Bridgette she was AMAZING with my daughter she made her feel SUPER comfortable through out the entire process! I’ve never seen my daughter so calm and relaxed. When the doctor came in to do his exam on her he too was beyond nice and again made my daughter feel at ease. I really have to thank Ora dentistry for their excellent service! If you have a special needs child this is the place to go! Highly recommend it!

Steve F.

Two years ago I visited this office to assess the viability of getting an implant for a lost tooth. On that first visit Dr. Dalla had x-rays taken, made the assessment, provided me with options, including performing an implant on a lost back molar. I consented, and right then and there, he performed the actual implant and gave me a return appointment to insure all was healing well. Then, 3 months later, he fitted me with the abutment and took impressions for the crown. Two weeks after that the crown was installed. Not only was the work done in record time, but it has been the best fitting crown I've ever had, and I've had 18 crowns in my lifetime of 68 years. This was my second implant. My first implant was by another dental office and does not come close to compare with Dr. Dalla's work. His implant and crown feel like healthy, natural teeth, and in fact, I chew most of my food using that new "molar." I wish I would have gone to him long ago. By far the best around. He is a perfectionist, and is demanding of himself. Just what you should want in someone performing your dental work. Highest recommendations!

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2733 Elk Grove Blvd, Suite 180
Elk Grove, CA 95758

Phone: (916) 975-1000

Opening Times:

Monday - Thursday 7:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 7:00am - 4:00pm