So, you have an injured tooth. Whether you’ve just broken your tooth and are holding a piece in your hand, run your tongue over a newly sharp spot, or you have noticed the pain from a cracked tooth when you chew, you’re looking for what to do next. You may be wondering how to fix a broken tooth, and what you can do about it. While you should never attempt to repair a broken tooth yourself, doctors at Penn Dental Family Practice do have recommendations for how to care for a broken tooth until you can see your dentist.
How To Fix a Broken Tooth: The Do’s and Don’ts
Over the course of your life you’ve probably heard lots of things about how to fix a broken tooth, and what to do if one happens to you. At the same time, you probably see information for products and methods that may not be dentist recommended when it comes to actually saving your tooth. If you have an injured tooth, here are some important steps to remember.
- DO save any piece of your tooth that may chip off.Even if the piece is very small, it’s important to bring it to your dentist. She may be able to repair or reattach it. When saving a whole or partial tooth, place it in a container and cover it with either whole milk or saliva. This can help to preserve it until you can get to the dentist.
- DON’T try to handle it yourself. You may be wondering about “how to fix a broken tooth yourself,” or “how to fix a broken tooth at home.” The answer is: you can’t. You need to see a dentist right away if you have a chipped, cracked, or broken tooth. If your desire to treat the injury yourself is a results of anxiety about visiting a dentist, you’re not alone. Fortunately, the doctors at Penn Dental Family Practice understand that fear about dental treatment is common for many patients, and are more than happy to talk with you about your concerns. Don’t let your anxiety about the dentist keep you from getting the help you need.
- DO treat pain.If you are experiencing pain from a broken tooth, there are a few methods you can use. One method is to bite down on a piece of moist gauze or cloth. Another method is to apply a cold compress to the face over the broken tooth. If the pain is persistent, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever as directed.
- DON’T apply any products or pain killers directly to the tooth.While there are painkillers available for oral discomfort that are applied topically, you should never apply any medication directly to the affected tooth. Similarly, don’t touch or attempt to clean any exposed roots or pulp, either in the mouth, or on a piece that has broken off.
- DO apply chewed gum or wax to your jagged tooth. If your broken tooth is rubbing up against your cheek or lip and causing discomfort, you may want to soften the edge by putting a piece of chewed gum or wax on the jagged edge. Although this is certainly a temporary solution, it might help you last until your visit to the dentist.
- DO call your dentist right away.A broken tooth is a dental emergency, and should be treated as such. Call your dentist as soon as you notice a broken tooth, and make an appointment as soon as possible. The sooner you visit your dentist, the better chance your tooth can be saved.
Are you or a loved one wondering how to fix a broken tooth? For more information, or to schedule an appointment with a Penn Doctor, call us at 215-898-PDFP (7337).