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Treatment for a cracked tooth depends on the severity of the damage. A small crack in a tooth can normally be repaired with smoothing or bonding. A crack in a tooth that is larger or deeper may increase the risk of a complete break to the tooth. In this case, you may need a crown to completely cover the tooth.
If a cracked tooth is more serious because the inside of the tooth has been damaged, a root canal may be necessary to clean out the damaged or diseased tissue from the inside of the tooth. Sometimes a very severely cracked tooth may need to be pulled (extracted). Your dentist will be able to examine your cracked tooth and give you all of the treatment options.
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