Your teeth are one of the strongest parts of your body but they can often break or chip from a number of causes, the two most common is an impact injury or from biting down on something that is very hard. Having a small chip in your tooth isn’t necessarily painful but your tongue will quickly be able to feel the sharp area. However, if a large piece of your tooth has come off then this could cause pain and discomfort. If the nerve ending in your tooth has been damaged this is likely to cause extreme discomfort when they are exposed to air, hot/ cold food or drinks.
If you have experienced a chip or broken tooth there is nothing that you do to treat it at home and you will need to book an appointment with one of our dentists here at Cosmetic Dentist Preston. Once you have booked your appointment, one of our dentists will provide you with a check up and provide you with the possible treatment options. There is a few different things that you can do in the meantime, until your dental appointment, please see below:
- Cracked (fractured) Teeth – If your tooth has been cracked or fractured then there is nothing that you can do for it at home and you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. If you tooth hurts all the time then this can be serious as you could have a damaged nerve or blood vessel. You will know if you have cracked your tooth because when you bite it won’t hurt and the pain will only occur when you stop biting. If this is the case with you, then give us a call asap.
- Broken Teeth – If your tooth has broke then you will need to see one of our dentists as soon as possible. Once you get into the dental practice, one of our dentists will do a few checks to see if your tooth was damaged from a cavity and if the nerve is going to be in danger. If it is in danger then you may need to undergo root canal treatment.
Things you can do until your appointment
- Rinse your mouth with warm water
- If it’s bleeding – apply pressure with a piece of gauze for around 10 minutes or until the bleeding subsides. If the bleeding doesn’t stop then use a tea bag with pressure on the area.
- Apply a cold pack around the area with the broken tooth as this will help to reduce any swelling and also help relieve pain.
- Take some over the counter pain killers
There are a few different types of fractures and breaks that your tooth can undergo. Each of this different types will require a different treatment from your dentist. These include:
- Minor Cracks
- Cracked Tooth
- Broken Cusp
- Serious Break
- Split Tooth
- Vertical Breaks or Split Root
- Decay-indued break
If you believe that your tooth has suffered from any of the above then please give us a call on 01772 651130 (or if it’s out of hours then please call 07794 516586) and get yourself booked in for an emergency checkup before the situation gets worse.