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posted Feb 5, 2015, 3:15 PM by Gary Kijanka   [ updated Feb 6, 2015, 7:59 PM ]

Palm Beach Gardens Cosmetic Dentist
Do you know what to do in the event you break or chip a tooth? While you may hope this never happens, life can be unpredictable. However it may happen, a broken tooth is not cause for major worry, and does not signify the end of your gorgeous, healthy smile. If you know what to do when you break a tooth, you may be able to experience minimal pain, and your smile will be as good as new in no time. 

As soon as you realize you have broken a tooth, contact your dentist and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Inform the person who takes your call that you have broken a tooth, and that your situation is a true dental emergency.  

Try to schedule an appointment for the same day. If a same-day appointment isn’t available, you may need to wait a day or two before you can see the dentist. In the meantime, here are steps you can take to retain your oral health as best as possible after having broken a tooth.  

Save the pieces  

After you have contacted your dentist, compile and save the pieces of your tooth that have broken off. If you just chipped off a bit of enamel and are unable to find it, don’t worry; your dentist can help. However, it’s important that you save all the broken pieces you can find -- especially if they’re relatively large. Your dentist will most likely be able to bond the pieces of your tooth back into place in a manner that makes it look as if your tooth was never broken in the first place.  

Rinse your mouth and the tooth  

Using warm water, rinse your mouth and the piece of broken tooth. You don’t necessarily need to brush your teeth; just focus on getting the area as clean as possible. If any bleeding occurs, apply gauze and hold it in place until the bleeding stops.  Pain and swelling relief  If your mouth or broken tooth feels painful, take the recommended dose of an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen. You may also be able to treat and reduce pain and swelling by applying a cold compress to the affected area.  

Cover the broken tooth  

After you've rinsed your mouth and controlled any associated pain, cover the broken tooth until you can see your dentist. Use a piece of wax paper or a piece of sugarless gum. If you are required to wait a day or two before seeing your dentist, you may want to visit a pharmacy and purchase a temporary filling that won’t come dislodged or create a choking hazard in your sleep.  If you eat before seeing the dentist, stick to soft foods, and avoid chewing using the affected tooth. The less stress you are able to place on your tooth, the less painful your tooth will be.  

Call Palm Beach Gardens Dental today at 561-776-3116 to schedule a consultation and learn more about maintaining great oral health! We’ll keep your smile looking great for years to come.