“My tooth broke and hurts. What should I do?”
Your teeth are prone to breakage, even though they are strong. They can easily crack or chip. That’s why we, at Southwest Oral Surgery, recommend the use of a mouthguard when playing contact sports.
Then again, no matter how careful you are, you may still break your tooth. It can happen in various ways, like falling, biting down hard food, contact to your face during sports, and having cavities, among others.
In some cases, a tooth that breaks doesn’t hurt. It’s especially true if it’s only minor tooth fracture. However, if it involves a large piece of your tooth, then it can surely cause throbbing pain because of the damage to the nerves.
After breaking your tooth, the pain can come and go. It can also be constant. Or it can also be that you’ll only feel pain when you chew because this act can put pressure on the tooth.
You can treat a fractured tooth at home. The only way to treat it is to visit Southwest Oral Surgery. Our dentists can examine your condition and create a proper treatment plan.
Even if the affected tooth looks fine and it only hurts when you eat, you should still see a dentist. Don’t wait until the damage to the tooth gets worse.
Another reason to see your dentist ASAP is for him to figure out if the breakage is the result of a cavity. From there, he can determine if the nerve is affected as well. Keep in mind that a damaged nerve requires a root canal treatment.
The first thing that you must do after breaking your tooth is to rinse your mouth with warm water and not hot. Then, apply pressure with a gauze on the area for 10 minutes. You may also use pressure with a tea bag.
To reduce swelling, you may apply a cold pack to the check over the affected tooth and not directly to it. If you have dental cement at home, you may use it to cover a part of the tooth that has broken. It’s available at a drugstore.
If you can’t bear the pain, you may take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Your dentist at Southwest Oral Surgery will first examine the tooth. For minor cracks, your dentist may polish the area to eliminate rough spots. They don’t necessarily require treatment.
A cracked tooth can involve the whole tooth. If this is your case, it can be repaired with a filling material. To prevent it from getting worse, a dental crown may be necessary. In some cases, if the pulp is damaged, a root canal is advised.
Minor chips may not need treatment. However, a filling material may be necessary to prevent the chips from getting worse. It can also help the tooth look a lot better. Just like minor cracks, your dentist may only polish it to smooth out the area.
If you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist at Southwest Oral Surgery to treat your broken tooth, please call: 623-792-5794