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What To Do with Fractured or Broken Teeth

As you were out playing ball, you took a hit to the face, and now your tooth is cracked? Or did you fall and land right on your mouth, only to find you now broke your front tooth in half? Your teeth are very strong but they can crack, fracture, or break from time to time depending on how they are impacted.

No matter what the injury was: biting something hard, getting hit in the face, or falling. It’s all scary! And most of the time it does hurt. That does depend on where you have fractured or broken your tooth. Areas where there is a nerve will make the fracture or break more painful. And it is possible the pain may just be in and out.

A broken tooth calls for emergency dental care:

Cracked or Fractured Teeth:

Be aware that if you have cracked or fractured your teeth you cannot treat them at home. You will want to be seen by a dental professional as soon as possible because nerve endings can be out in the open and could be damaged if not treated soon.

Broken Teeth:

If you have broken your teeth then you also need to see a dentist immediately. Your dental professional will be able to determine what to do next to treat the broken area.

If you cannot get an appointment right away there are some things you can do to treat the injury.

  • Keep your mouth clean by rinsing with warm water.
  • Apply pressure if the tooth is bleeding.
  • Apple a cold pack to relieve swelling and pain
  • Take an over the counter pain medication.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry



What To Do for a Broken Tooth

Our teeth are made of very strong, durable material but sometimes a tooth can break. A broken tooth can be caused by trauma such as a fall, car accident, or being struck in the mouth.  Sometimes you may be chewing something hard like a piece of ice, candy, or a crunchy snack and suddenly break off part of a tooth.  A tooth weakened by a large filling or by a previous trauma is particularly susceptible to this type of damage.

Whatever the cause, a broken tooth is a dental emergency and you should see your dentist as soon as possible.  Most dentists offer emergency appointments to handle broken teeth and other dental emergencies, but what if you need emergency dental care after hours or on the weekend?  A few dentists offer after-hours and weekend appointments, but most do not.  Even if you can find a dentist on the weekend, they may not take your dental insurance and you may prefer to wait to see your own dentist during regular office hours.

If you cannot see your dentist right away and the tooth root is exposed or if you are in a lot of pain, go to the emergency room.  The ER doctor will be able to temporarily cover the root and prescribe pain medication.  If you don’t need to be seen in the ER, cover the broken area with paraffin wax or temporary dental filling material that you can find at your local drugstore and avoid chewing with that tooth.  Tylenol or ibuprofen will help with any discomfort.

In any case, see your dentist as soon as possible even if your broken tooth does not hurt.  The tooth protects the root and you will want to have the tooth restored before the root becomes infected.  If you wait too long, you may end up needing root canal therapy or the tooth may need to be extracted.

Posted on behalf of Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.



Emergency Dental Care

Dental emergencies are a common reason for people to see a new dentist, or to try to reach their dentist over the weekend or after business hours. Monday morning is perhaps the busiest day for dental emergencies.  Many emergencydental care patients have had a dental problem over the weekend and decide to call their dentist first thing on the next business day.

How do you know if a dental emergency is something that requires immediate attention or can wait until the office opens back up? Here are some common dental emergencies and how you should react to them:

Broken Tooth
If you have an accident or trauma to the mouth that results in a tooth breaking or coming out completely, place the remaining tooth in a glass of milk or water and call your dentist immediately. Do not try to clean the tooth off. If the tooth can be placed back in the mouth you can do so very carefully and have someone call your dentist to meet you at the office.

Broken filling or crown
Old, worn fillings or crowns sometimes come out without any advance warning. Call your dentist during business hours. As long as you are not in pain you do not need to make an after hours visit. Try not to chew with the broken tooth as it could cause more fracturing and make it difficult to repair the tooth.

Toothache or Abscess
Most toothaches and dental abscesses are due to untreated decay. The best way to prevent toothaches is to regularly see your dentist for preventive care visits and have decay treated in a timely manner. If a severe toothache or abscess occurs you should call your dentist in order to prevent an acute infection, then have the tooth treated at the next treatment time that your dentist has available.

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