Broke my tooth - What do I do?

Posted by MINT DENTAL CARE on May 21 2020, 12:59 AM

Broke my tooth - What do I do?

Have you sustained oral injury lately, which has resulted in a broken tooth? Broken teeth are quite common in case of severe external oral trauma and will have to be treated at the earliest to avoid further complications. Most patients tend to panic as they could enter a state of shock when their tooth breaks. But, this doesn’t help whatsoever. Here’s what you should do when you sustain a broken tooth.

Pull yourself together

Breaking a tooth can be one of the most painful experiences one can have. The nerves and blood vessels within the tooth would be disturbed, which can induce throbbing pain. Hence, patients may enter a state of shock after the incident. The first and foremost thing to do in such situations is remaining calm and pulling oneself together. This allows you to think better and take the necessary action.

Rinse your mouth

The tooth may not always break into two pieces. Sometimes, if your tooth is weak due to a lack of calcium and fluoride, it may crumble in several pieces. Also, if you sustain wounds by falling on the ground, such as in the case of sport-related injury, your mouth could come in contact with a lot of microbes. Hence, it is best to rinse the mouth with clean water to remove the debris, germs, and blood.

Use a clean piece of gauze

Since the blood vessels are ruptured due to the broken tooth, you could bleed profusely. Hence, it is essential you control the bleeding as soon as possible and facilitate the formation of a clot. Use a clean piece of gauze to apply pressure on the site of injury so that the bleeding stops. You may also place a cold pack or a damp washcloth on the cheek so that the swelling can be reduced.

Visit the dentist immediately

After taking the necessary first aid action, rush to a dentist immediately. In case your tooth has been completely avulsed from its socket, it could be placed back in the mouth so that tissues regrow around it. If you find the tooth, hold it by the crown, rinse it with clean water, and place it in a glass of milk. Do not touch the root structure or try to put it back in the socket yourself. Bring it to the dentist, and they may be able to help.

Reach out to us at 623-471-5433 during dental emergencies, and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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