You Broke Your Tooth: Now What?

 

beautiful smileHere you are, sitting with a large chip out of your tooth. Maybe you knocked it during a fall, or got hit in the face while playing a sport. It doesn’t matter now. All you’re worried about is how you look, how you’re going to eat, and how in the world you’re going to fix this mess. Here at Royal Dental, we can help you.

Where is the Crack?

Perhaps the most important factor in your repair process is where the crack or break is. Is it a small chip? Or is half your tooth missing? There are three types of break:

  1. Enamel—where the break is a simple crack or chip in the outside layer of the tooth. These are often minor and don’t necessarily affect the tooth’s structure. However, sometimes these breaks can affect the tooth as a whole and expose the middle and inside layers of the tooth.
  2. Root—where the tooth is either cracked vertically down to the root or the root itself is cracked horizontally.
  3. Displacement—where the tooth is internally damaged or knocked loose.

Get It Fixed Quick

How the tooth is treated will depend on the category and severity of the break. Anything besides simple and light enamel fractures is considered a dental emergency. Acting quickly and seeing a dentist as soon as possible (hopefully within 24 hours, sooner if it is a very serious problem) can help save teeth and prevent further problems.

Pre-Dentist Treatment

The chances are unfortunately good that you might injure your mouth at a time when your dentist’s office is closed. Here are some tips on how to deal with a cracked or broken tooth before you can get to the dentist.

Take Over-the-Counter Drugs

Pain killers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help dull the pain. You can also try numbing the area with ice. Although it might cause more pain in the short term, rinsing your mouth with salt water will help clean the area and therefore help with pain in the long run.

Eat Only Soft Foods

In no case should you be eating anything hard or chewy with a broken tooth. This will only cause pain and further damage. If you must eat, eat and drink only very soft foods and avoid the broken tooth as much as possible.

Cover It Up

If there is any bleeding, put pressure on it until the bleeding stops. If your tooth is sharp, place wax or sugar-free gum over it to keep it from cutting your mouth. You can even buy temporary dental cement at a drugstore.

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