I Broke My Tooth: What Should I Do?

If you break a tooth when biting a hard object, during sports play, or because of another accident, act quickly. Even if it seems like a minor chip or crack, you should get it looked at by a qualified emergency dental team like those found at Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. 

Haidy Messih, DDS and Basma Armanious, DDS are ready to repair broken, damaged, or missing teeth. Call the office of Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry right away, even if it’s after regular business hours. What you do until you reach our office depends on the nature of your emergency. 

Here are the steps you can take before you get to the office to maximize the chance of restoring your smile if you chip, crack, or break off a piece of a tooth. 

Give your mouth a rinse

When you realize you have a broken tooth, take a moment to pause and rinse your mouth with warm water. This step soothes irritation and flushes away infection-causing bacteria.

Ease swelling and bleeding with a compress

Sometimes, a cracked or broken tooth can cause swelling or bleeding. If the area around the broken tooth is bleeding, use a piece of gauze or wet tea bag to apply gentle pressure to the area. If you have swelling in the cheek area around the broken tooth, apply a cool compress or ice pack to the outside area of your mouth. 

Preserve the broken piece

You can’t always find the broken piece of your tooth, but if you can retrieve it, wrap it in a wet piece of gauze and bring it to your appointment. It’s OK to rinse any debris off the tooth with water, but don’t use other solutions to clean it. It’s also important not to scrub the tooth or remove any tissue.

Prevent further damage

Sometimes, when a tooth breaks, it leaves jagged or sharp edges in your mouth. Avoid cutting your tongue, cheek, or the inside of your lip, by covering the remaining piece of tooth with dental wax, a wet tea bag, or a piece of gauze. Wait until you’ve made it to our office to chew, floss, or brush the area. You don’t want to break off more of the tooth. 

Keep pain to a minimum

A broken tooth can be a seriously painful event. Relieve discomfort with warm water rinses, cold compresses, and over-the-counter antiinflammatories. 

Get your broken tooth fixed ASAP!

When not repaired, a broken or cracked tooth can become infected. Cracks can deepen, too. Eventually, you might be left with a tooth that needs to be extracted and even though a dental implant is a good solution for a missing tooth, you don’t want to have to undergo that procedure if it isn’t necessary.. 

Common treatments for broken teeth include:

If you break a tooth, don’t wait to make an appointment. Contact Loudoun Family and Cosmetic Dentistry right away. We can help you with all the emergency and cosmetic dentistry services necessary to restore a beautiful smile.  

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