Teeth can break for many reasons. They can chip when you bite a hard food, they can crack due to a fall, they can even become knocked out completely due to an impact, such as when playing sports. When damage is severe, you have a dental emergency. In other cases, you may be able to wait until office hours, but you still need to see a dentist.
What to Do
Right after the accident, rinse your mouth with warm water. If your whole tooth is knocked out, rinse it as well. You should try to reinsert the tooth into the socket. However, if you are unable, place the tooth in a cup of milk.
For breaks and cracks, hold a piece of gauze over the injury to stop the bleeding. You will probably need to hold the gauze in place for 10 minutes. If this proves ineffective, use a tea bag instead. You should also apply a pack of ice to the side of your face to reduce swelling and take an analgesic other than aspirin.
When to Come to the Clinic
You must call us for an emergency appointment if your tooth is knocked out or if damage is severe. You need immediate attention for a fracture even if there is no pain. Minor chips can wait until business hours.
What We Will Do
In the most minor cases, we can repair your tooth simply by polishing the area. Larger cracks require inlays, onlays, or caps to restore the shape of the tooth. In cases where the pulp is damaged, you may also need root canal therapy. If your tooth has come out completely, we will try to put it back in place. The sooner you arrive to our clinic, the more likely it is that we can save your tooth.