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What Do You Do When You Notice Your Tooth Broke?

Posted on 8/20/2018 by Dr. Andrew Zeiger
What Do You Do When You Notice Your Tooth Broke?Although your teeth are strong they can still chip, crack (fracture), and break. This usually happens when you bite down on something hard or you fall or get hit in your face or mouth.

Cavities are also known to weaken your teeth, especially if they require a large filling that isn't supported by the remaining enamel of your teeth.

Home Remedies for a Broken Tooth

When you break your tooth, you'll need to immediately rinse your mouth out well with warm water. If your mouth is bleeding, you'll want to use a piece of gauze to apply pressure to it for 10 minutes or longer. Sometimes this won't work, and you'll need to use a tea bag to apply pressure and get the bleeding to stop.

You can also apply ice to your cheeks or lip beside the broken tooth or take an over-the-counter painkiller as these will help reduce the swelling and pain. While your tooth may not hurt your tongue will feel the sharp area and you may also feel the damaged nerve in the dentin. These are things you'll particularly experience when chewing or putting pressure on your tooth.

How Dentists Fix Broken Teeth

Since there are several different types of tooth fractures or breaks, you'll want to know how to treat each of them since it will be different depending on the type you have. While minor cracks and chips rarely need treatment other than polishing out the rough spots, more extensive breaks will need filled and a crown may need to be put in place.

The type of crack will also determine whether you harm any more teeth in your mouth. For instance, a serious break will go deep enough to expose your nerve, causing your tooth to hurt and be sensitive. Regardless of how you break your tooth, you'll want to make an appointment to see us as soon as possible.


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