Last post we talked about a chipped tooth and how we could fix that for you. Usually a chipped tooth doesn’t have the more extensive damage that you’ll find in a broken or fractured tooth.
If your tooth is broken or fractured, you need see us as soon as possible. Otherwise your tooth could be damaged further or become infected, possibly causing you to end up losing the tooth.
So, what can you do in the meantime, before you’re able to see the dentist?
- If the tooth is painful, take acetaminophen or another over-the-counter pain reliever. Rinse your mouth with salt water.
- If the break has caused a sharp or jagged edge, cover it with a piece of wax paraffin or sugarless chewing gum to keep it from cutting your tongue or the inside of your lip or cheek.
- If you must eat, eat soft foods and avoid biting down on the broken tooth.
Treatment for a broken or chipped tooth will depend on how severely it is damaged. If only a small piece of enamel broke off, the repair can usually be done simply in one office visit. A badly damaged or broken tooth may require a more lengthy and costly procedure.
Regardless call us as soon as possible and tell us what has happened. We’ll do our very best to get you in as quickly as possible and remedy the situation.