Broken Tooth

What to do About a Broken Tooth

If your tooth has become cracked or broken, you cannot treat it yourself. It is essential to contact your dentist as soon as possible. In some cases, a broken tooth can be very painful and you will need to seek dental treatment quickly. Sometimes, the tooth only hurts if you are chewing or there is pressure placed on it.

What if my tooth is cracked?

A cracked tooth is a fractured tooth. Sometimes a cracked tooth looks okay, but it hurts when you chew, or when you drink something cold or hot. If the cracked tooth hurts constantly, it may have suffered some nerve damage. Sometimes when a tooth is cracked, it doesn’t hurt when you bite down on it, but there is pain when the bite is released. You need to see a dentist to have the tooth properly repaired.

What if my tooth is visibly broken?

When you have a tooth that is broken, it’s important to call the dentist right away. The dentist will want to examine the tooth to see if the break occurred due to a cavity, or if the nerve is damaged or in danger. If the nerve is damaged, it will require a root canal.

What do I do until I can get to the dentist?

There are some things you can do until you get to the dentist’s office.

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water
  • Apply pressure if there’s bleeding
  • Apply cold pack to the outside of the mouth
  • Take a pain medication