Emergency Dental Care
When it comes to dental emergencies, you need prompt attention and exceptional care. Whether you're suffering from a chipped tooth, a painful toothache, wisdom teeth problems, or any other dental emergency, we have you covered at Cass Dental Care.
What do I do when my tooth breaks?
If your tooth breaks, taking appropriate steps to ensure your oral health and seeking professional dental care as soon as possible is essential. Here’s what you should do:
- Rinse your mouth: Gently rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area around the broken tooth. This will help remove any loose fragments or debris.
- Save the pieces: If you can find the broken pieces of your tooth, carefully collect them and keep them in a clean container with milk, saliva, or a tooth preservation product like Save-A-Tooth or Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution. This may help the dentist in some cases to repair or restore the tooth.
- Control bleeding: If the break caused any bleeding, apply gentle pressure with a piece of clean gauze or a wet tea bag to the affected area. This can help control the bleeding until you receive professional dental care.
- Reduce swelling: If you notice any swelling or facial pain, apply a cold compress or ice pack to the affected area from the outside of your mouth. This can help reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers: If you’re experiencing pain, you can take over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) following the recommended dosage instructions. However, avoid placing aspirin directly on the affected area, as it may burn your gum tissue.
- Avoid certain foods and activities: To prevent severe damage, avoid chewing the side of your mouth where the broken tooth is located. Also, avoid eating hard, sticky, or crunchy foods that can worsen the situation.
- Seek dental care: Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. Explain the situation and provide all the relevant details, including when and how the tooth broke.
What are my options to fix a broken tooth?
A broken tooth can be quite traumatic, causing a loss of confidence and affecting one’s ability to smile. Common causes of tooth breakage include biting into hard foods like candy or ice, accidents resulting in falls, tooth pain, or untreated cavities. Some of the options to fix a broken tooth include:
- Dental Bonding: If the break is minor and the tooth enamel is intact, dental bonding may be an option. Bonding means applying a tooth-colored material to the tooth and shaping it to match the natural tooth shape. It’s a relatively simple and non-invasive procedure.
- Dental Crown: For more extensive breaks, a dental crown may be recommended. A crown is a custom-made cap that covers the damaged tooth to restore its shape, strength, and appearance. Crowns are made from various materials, which include porcelain, metal, ceramic, or a combination.
- Dental Veneer: Veneers are thin, custom-made shells typically made of porcelain that cover the front surface of the tooth. They can be used to fix minor to moderate tooth damage, such as chips or cracks. Veneers can provide an aesthetic improvement by enhancing the tooth’s shape, color, and size.
- Root Canal Treatment: If the break extends into the tooth’s pulp (the inner part containing nerves and blood vessels), a root canal procedure may be necessary. This involves removing the damaged pulp, cleaning the root canal, and sealing it. A dental crown is often placed after a root canal to protect and restore the tooth.
- Dental Implant: In cases where the tooth is severely damaged and cannot be saved, extraction may be necessary. After extraction, a dental implant can be placed in the jawbone, offering a stable foundation for a replacement tooth. Dental implants are a long-term solution but require a surgical procedure.
What are possible complications with swelling around a tooth?
Swelling around a tooth can be indicative of an underlying dental issue or infection. If left untreated, it may lead to various complications. Here are some possible complications associated with swelling around a tooth: