One minute, everything is great. You are smiling broadly, your pearly whites sparkling for all the world to see. Suddenly, wham, bam – express flight down the stairs, with an emergency landing on your face. And, evidently, your teeth weren’t designed to be landing gear. In fact, pieces of your smile are scattered on the concrete. What now? Call Big Smile Dental, the home of great cosmetic, restorative, and emergency dental care in Chicago.
First aid for broken teeth: What to and not to do
What to do:
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Collect any pieces you can find, and bring them with you
Rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm water or saltwater
Take over the counter pain medication as directed
Use clove oil or a salve such as Oragel for topical pain relief
Use a small piece of sterile gauze to apply pressure if needed to slow bleeding
Eat soft foods and chew on the other side of your mouth, or stick with liquids
What not to do
Don’t apply oral medicine topically
Don’t eat or drink anything especially hot or cold
Don’t wait to see a dentist
Emergency dental care for broken teeth
The steps listed above can help make you more comfortable until you see a dentist. They are only temporary measures; if you have a broken tooth, you need dental care ASAP.
Our number one priority is to get you out of pain. The next priority is to fix the tooth. The best way to go about that depends on which tooth is broken and how bad the damage is. Treatment may include:
Bonding – A resin material is used to replace the missing portion of the tooth. This is typically used for minor chips or fractures.
Dental crown – This is the most common solution for a broken tooth. It encases the tooth in a protective layer of porcelain, and restores the size, shape, and structure.
Root canal – On occasion, if the tooth is badly broken, the dental pulp can be injured. If this happens, a root canal procedure is needed.
Remember – don’t wait to see your dentist. Call Big Smile Dental at 773-772-8400 right away.
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