Even when a broken tooth doesn’t hurt, it still needs to be repaired by a dentist. If you are not experiencing pain from your broken tooth, it is most likely a minor fracture, however, there may be sharp edges on the tooth that can hurt your tongue. Furthermore, the nerve inside the tooth may become damaged. If left untreated, the break may worsen, eventually causing the tooth to hurt.
As soon as you notice a broken tooth, it is important that you contact one of our dentists right away for treatment. The break may have been caused by a cavity or infection in the tooth. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with warm water as soon as you notice the break. If there is any bleeding, press against the area with some gauze until it stops. If this doesn’t work, use a damp tea bag to help stop the bleeding. If you do begin experiencing pain, applying an ice or cold pack to the cheek or lips over the tooth may help. You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
If you are unable to make an appointment right away, use over-the-counter temporary dental cement to protect the tooth, and make an appointment as soon as possible. The temporary cement will only protect your tooth for a short period of time, and it is very important that you see a professional for treatment right away. If left untreated, a broken tooth may become worse, or may even become infected. Making an appointment with one of our professional dentists for treatment right away may save you the trouble of more expensive and extensive dental work later on. If the break becomes bad enough, you may even lose the tooth.
Broken teeth can occur in a number of different ways. Regardless of the cause of your broken tooth, it is important that you receive treatment as soon as possible so that you can once again enjoy a healthy, bright smile.