Posted on 10/15/2019 by Dr. Jae Seon Kim
|Your teeth are a very flexible part of your body, but they can still chip, break, or fracture. Our office has seen just about every way possible. Biting on something hard like a drink lid to open it, being hit by a ball during a sporting event, and more commonly just eating with a tooth containing cavities and the tooth just breaks.
No matter what the reason is, they can be painful. You may have a waiting period before you receive help. Here are some ways to deal with the offending tooth until you receive care.
Following the Break
If the tooth is bleeding, apply some gauze to allow it to clot. Call our office and make an appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime, avoid foods and drinks that are hot or cold. It is most likely the root of the tooth and the area around it has become exposed. Stay away from sugary or acidic foods. They will amplify the pain you are experiencing. Drink liquids through a straw to avoid coming in contact with the broken tooth.
Dealing with the Pain Until the Appointment
Apply ice wrapped in a thin cloth to the cheek area of the painful tooth. Do not put the ice in your mouth. You can further chip or crack the tooth further by accident. Take an over-the-counter pain medicine like Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Gently floss any food or plaque away from the tooth and wash it out with lukewarm water.
Removing the acidic bacteria can help lower the pain. Apply some oil of cloves, which can be bought at your local food store. We have used them in dentistry for over a hundred years. Apply it to a piece of small cloth and place it next to the hurt tooth.
If you have a tooth that has broken and you aren't experiencing pain, it is important to know that you have created a seam for bacteria to develop. Over time, that will fill with bacteria, then plaque. Our office is here to assist you with your dental care. If you have experienced a break, call us to get scheduled for repair as soon as possible.