A broken tooth is considered to be a dental emergency. Not only are you likely to be in intense pain from damaging your tooth, but it is imperative that you seek treatment immediately in order to restore your smile to complete health.
People suffer from a broken tooth in a variety of ways. Children and those involved in contact sports tend to be the most common sufferers of chips and large breaks in the front teeth. These typically occur from a blow to the face or from a fall. Cracks in the back teeth, or molars, are generally the result of long-time bad habits or from neglecting oral health.
The molars receive a lot of wear and tear from regular life activity. The molars are used to chew your food to break it down into small pieces that are easily swallowed and digested. These back teeth are designed with rough surfaces with many nooks and crannies that help break down foods as you chew. Without proper oral hygiene, these pits and grooves can be filled with damaging bacteria that weaken the structure of your teeth. Other things like biting down on hard candies, chewing ice, and drinking and eating acidic things can cause severe damage to the molars.
Damage to a single tooth within the mouth can set off a domino effect inside your mouth. The teeth support one another, and if there is one weak link, then the rest of the teeth are susceptible to damage. If you have a broken tooth, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you take the following steps immediately:
- Find the piece, or pieces, of your tooth that were broken off if possible.
- Place the piece of your tooth in a small amount of milk or your own saliva.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to clean the affected area.
- Contact your dentist’s office right away!
- If you are in intense pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever to reduce your pain.
- Place a cold compress on the outside of your face to reduce swelling.
- Don’t panic!
At Precision Digital Dentistry, we know that a broken tooth can be a devastating experience. Your smile is a personal accessory, and we want to help you preserve it. Our dental practice is here to provide you with exceptional dental care. Please contact our practice right away if you suffer from a broken, cracked, or damaged tooth.