What to Do for a Broken Tooth

Breaking a tooth is a fear many people have. Be it in your sleep or at the dinner table, breaking a tooth an unfortunate accident. If you break a tooth, there are actions you can take to treat it.

Warm Water Rinse

For immediate pain relief, to wash away any residue, to clean the tooth to prevent infection, and to reduce pain and swelling, rinse your mouth with warm water.

Stop the Bleeding

If your tooth or mouth is bleeding, apply pressure to the area with a clean gauze pad. Be sure that there are no medical emergencies associated with the broken tooth (i.e. a busted lip).

Ice It

To continue to relieve the pain and reduce swelling around the broken tooth, place an ice pack on your face where the pain is.

Cover the Tooth

It’s important to keep the broken tooth and the gums around it from infection. Cover it with a dental cement (found at most drug stores) or a piece of sugar-free chewing gum.

Discontinue Use

It’s important to stop using the tooth. Do not chew with that tooth, or even that side of the mouth. Try to consume only liquids or soft foods until the tooth is repaired.

Take a Pain Reliever

You will most likely experience some pain or discomfort after breaking a tooth. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to remedy this.

Call your dentist

Immediately call your dentist to schedule an emergency appointment. A broken tooth can lead to an infected tooth or gum area.

Wasson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry provides emergency dental care to the Arden, North Carolina, area. We have after-hours services to treat your maladies. Call us at 828-247-2815 to seek help for your dental emergency.