More often than not, a chipped or broken tooth is not our fault. Accidents happen all the time, and sometimes a tooth or two become the victim. Luckily, they can be repaired, but you are going to have to take some precautions until then. Teeth are very strong, but not indestructible. The funny thing is, when tooth chips, cracks or breaks, it will rarely hurt. At least, at first the pain seems to come and go. If a large enough piece breaks off, the nerves found inside the tooth could be damaged, which will cause some pain. In even worse cases, you can feel a sharp pain every time you expose the dentin to air, or hot and/or cold foods. The best way to know if you have a damaged tooth is if it hurts only when you try to release the bite whenever you apply pressure to it.
If you happen to have found yourself in this predicament, it is important to see the dentist as soon as possible to see if a cavity caused the tooth to break, or nerve damage necessitating root canal treatment. Until you get to the dentist, however, it’s best to do the following:
- Rinse and gargle with warm water until your mouth is clean.
- If any area is bleeding, apply pressure with a piece of gauze or a tea bag for ten minutes.
- Apply a cold pack to the cheek or lips over the side of the broken tooth to help reduce pain and swelling.
- If it is not possible for you to see your dentist immediately, try to cover the damaged part of the tooth with an over-the-counter temporary dental cement.
- If the pain is too much, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
If you’re interested in learning more about damaged tooth repairs, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.
Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.