There are few aches and pains that compare to dental discomfort, and a broken tooth is one of the most uncomfortable dental issues you can experience. To make matters worse, structural damage can threaten your tooth’s very existence if you don’t take hasty action to repair it. Luckily, you have several options for saving your broken tooth in the face of a dental emergency. Today, we discuss the steps you can take to save your broken tooth and find relief as soon as possible.
You’ll Probably Know it’s Broken
When tooth decay and gum disease develop, they can take a while before the effects become noticeable. When your tooth breaks, however, the discomfort is usually instant and unmistakable. While definitely unpleasant, the toothache can help you save your tooth by alerting you to the immediate need for action. If a piece has broken completely off of the main structure, recover it if possible and rinse it with warm water. Rinse your mouth as well to clear it of debris and call our office to schedule an emergency visit.
It Might Not Be Too Late to Save It
Cracked, fractured, and broken teeth often expose their vulnerable inner pulps (which house the nerves and blood vessels) to bacteria and other dangers. Aside from easing the often-debilitating discomfort of a broken tooth, speedy treatment can also help save the tooth from total destruction. After ensuring that the tooth is free of bacteria and infection, your dentist can place a dental crown over it to protect the tooth from further damage. If the damage reaches past the gum line and to your tooth’s root, however, then it will likely have to be extracted to prevent damage to the supporting gums and jawbone.