First Steps After Breaking a Tooth
Did you crunch down on a hard piece of candy and feel some pain? Did you take a spill on your bike over the weekend?
Breaking a tooth is one of the scariest and most painful dental emergencies. Aside from being painful, having a broken tooth can also be embarrassing, especially if the tooth is in the front of your mouth.
A broken tooth can impair your ability to eat or talk, and the discomfort can cause you to lose sleep, or even seek emergency help! At Dr. DiStefano & Associates, we know that when you have an emergency, you want to get it taken care of right away.
After you break a tooth, here are some steps to take before you come to the dentist to help alleviate pain:
Call your dentist as soon as possible after your tooth breaks. A broken tooth can lead to infection, or the possibility that a partially-damaged tooth would need to be extracted, so don’t wait!
If your tooth is knocked out completely, bleeding will occur. Apply pressure to the area to stop the bleeding, and head to the emergency room if the bleeding doesn’t stop within 30 minutes. If you can find the tooth that’s been knocked out, preserve it by putting it in a glass of milk – your dentist can try to reinsert it.
If you haven’t knocked out your tooth completely, and aren’t sure it’s broken, you still want to get a loose tooth checked out by your dentist, even if it’s not causing you a lot of pain. The tooth could have damaged your gums or been pushed into your jaw if you’ve fallen or injured your mouth playing sports.
- Above all, talk to a medical professional! There are so many myths and wives tales out there about what to do in the event of a broken tooth. The best thing to do is always to contact your dentist right away! The internet is great for many things, but it can’t make you a dentist overnight!
Dr. DiStefano Provides Gentle Dental Procedures!
I broke off half a tooth eating Cashew Chicken! What was left was super sensitive - to pressure, to heat, to cold - so I call Dr. DiStefano, and his staff was able to get me in quickly. He was able to get the remaining tooth prepped and gave me a temporary cap. Thank goodness this work stopped the pain! Two weeks later my new tooth was ready and it went in quickly and easily. Dr. D was competent and friendly through the whole process. Five stars!
- Nick S
Need Help With Tooth Pain?
If you have a broken tooth, or are worried about damage to your teeth after falling, being in a car accident, or playing sports, call your dentist today! At Dr. DiStefano’s office, our team prides itself on being the specialists in gentle dental medical professionals to ensure your comfort.
We will help treat you and your pain as soon as possible in order to get your life back to normal. Contact us today to find out more about the procedures we offer!