COVID-19: Office Updates

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 staff 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.

Ways of Being Able to Tell if a Tooth Has a Hairline Crack

Posted on 1/30/2020 by Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry
Ways of Being Able to Tell if a Tooth Has a Hairline CrackJust like your bones, your teeth can have hairline fractures. These types of cracks can be caused by many different factors.

Eating hard foods, chewing on ice, or teeth grinding are the main causes of hairline cracks in many cases. Some people may not know they have a hairline crack, but there are ways to tell if you have one.

Things to Look Out for

One of the best ways to determine if you have a hairline crack is by the type of pain you feel in your mouth. Teeth that have hairline cracks present a unique pain compared to other dental complications. When you have a hairline crack, you will usually feel a sharp, stabbing pain when you bite down. This pain can range from mild to almost unbearable depending on how bad the crack is.

Another way to tell if you have a hairline crack is to examine your teeth. Hairline cracks may be hard to spot. However, you can spot them if you know what to look for. We recommend getting a flashlight to help you look at your teeth. Next, stand in front of a mirror and shine the flashlight towards your mouth. Hairline cracks will be more visible with the help of a light. If you have a hairline crack, you may see small cracks on the tooth that is bothering you.

It may not be possible to see the tooth with the hairline crack with just a flashlight. Fortunately, we're here to help you. If you want to determine for sure if you have a hairline crack, call us and set up an appointment. We'll be able to see if you have a damaged tooth and offer you solutions to fixing it. Hairline cracks can turn into larger problems if you wait, so please come in as soon as possible.

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West Columbia, SC 29169-3428

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