Did You Accidentally Break A Tooth?
It is hard to avoid some accidents. Take breaking a tooth for instance. It can happen to anyone. It could be as a result of a fall, a bite on something that is too hard, a fight or if you’re into sports, an injury you pick from a bad tackle. Whatever the case, breaking a tooth can easily make you worried. This shouldn’t be the case though because there are a few things you can and should do immediately you break your tooth or teeth. Read on to learn more.
Protect The Tooth
You may have broken the whole tooth or just a part of it. Either way, place the piece that falls off your gum in a cup of cold milk. This is one of the best ways to preserve the tooth temporarily. Do this for at least 24 hours before seeing a dentist. If the broken tooth is still intact, use temporary dental cement to protect it. The cement, which is sold as an over the counter drug, will keep the exposed part of your tooth clean and prevent further damage or harm before you can see a dentist.
Protect Your Mouth
Rinse your mouth with plenty of clean, salty water. The water should be lukewarm so as to be gentle on the broken tooth or wound that it may have caused. Apply some pressure with a piece of clean, damp gauze if the surrounding tissues or gums are bleeding. Do this until the bleeding stops. If the broken tooth is a result of an accident, a heavy blow or a fall, apply a cold pack to the affected lips or cheek. This will reduce pain and swelling.
Do Not Ignore The Pain
Breaking a tooth may sound like a painful experience. Strangely though, this is not always the case. So you may break a tooth and feel absolutely nothing. That’s because minor fractures hardly hurt. A sure sign of a larger break, crack or chip however, is sharp pain when your release your jaw after chewing or biting. This is often an indication that a nerve has been exposed. That explains why the affected area will suddenly become sensitive when touched with a drink, food or air. The exposed area will also be extremely sensitive to temperature. Such sensitivity and pain may come and go or remain for quite some time. Take some Tylenol or Advil then visit a dentist.
Talk To Your Dentist
Do not wait until your jaw swells or until the pain is unbearable. Seek immediate medical assistance immediately you break a tooth. Note that your oral hygiene routine may slightly change once you break teeth. You may have to gaggle twice a day or refrain from some foods and drinks until your condition improves. Patience is important. What’s more important though is how you take care of yourself after treatment. Be particularly cautious if you broke 3 or 4 molars and premolars. Then like your dentist will tell you, use the right dental products. This should not worry you so much as you will leave the dental clinic with a few recommendations on what is good for your teeth and what is not.