How to Protect a Cracked Tooth Until We Can See You
Posted on 1/15/2019 by Matt Aldridge DDS
Cracked teeth aren't just a cosmetic issue; when one of your teeth fractures, you can be greeted with pain when chewing, ongoing temperature sensitivity, infection, and possible loss of the tooth.
If you suspect you have broken a tooth, it's extremely important to schedule a dental appointment immediately to have us take a look at it and explain your treatment options to you. In the interim, however, here are some suggestions until you can get in our office.
What Can I Do to Protect My Tooth and Minimize Pain?
If your pain occurs when you bite, especially when you release the bite, then it's highly likely that you've cracked it.
Cracked teeth occur for a variety of reasons, including:
Wear and tear of old amalgam fillings
Injuries to the face or falls
Chomping down on something hard
Cavities that can weaken the integrity of the tooth
You may be able to tell your tooth is cracked when you run your tongue over it. If it feels sharp or you can feel the crack, then you can start taking measures to keep pain at bay and prevent the crack from worsening.
If your tooth is rough textured, you can apply a bit of dental cement over it until you can see us. In a pinch, you can put a small layer of sugar-free gum over the tooth to protect your tongue and cheek from abrasion.
If you experience pain from your cracked tooth, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Avoid eating hard or crunchy foods, and stick with softer foods until you can get in.
What Can We Do for You? When your appointment date rolls around, we'll take x-rays of your tooth to see the extent of the damage. Depending on the severity of it, we will recommend different treatment options for you, including a crown or a root canal.
Do not try to fix your tooth at home. The risk of permanently damaging it is too high. Trust the skilled professionals at our office to help you recover from your cracked tooth. Call our office today if you have any questions about cracked teeth or to schedule a comprehensive exam or cleaning.
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