How to Fix a Broken Tooth at Home
Picture the scene. It’s just another everyday family dinner. You’re munching away on your delicious home cooked meal and catching up with your nearest and dearest. Suddenly you hear an unsettling crunch. This is quickly accompanied by a searing jolt of pain. Something has broken your tooth. It could be that you inadvertently bit down on your fork. It might have been a particularly stubborn rye seed on the bread you were eating. One thing’s for sure, however, the shard of tooth you’ve fished out of your mouth and now hold between thumb and forefinger isn’t where it ought to be.
What do you do?
Anything from a rogue frisbee in the park to a trip or fall can break or chip your teeth. While a dentist can help you come what may, knowing what to do immediately after a tooth breaks is of paramount importance. Here we’ll look at some ways to temporarily fix a tooth at home until your dentist can implement a more permanent fix.
Try not to panic
A broken tooth can be traumatic. Especially if it’s a visible front tooth. However, panicking can only make things worse. It’s up to you to take fast and decisive action if you or a member of your family breaks a tooth.
Find and preserve any lost teeth
Your dentist may be able to repair your tooth by filling in cracks and chips with a dental adhesive. However, teeth that are lost in their entirety may still be saved if the root is intact. Do your best to keep them clean, but do not use water to rinse them. This can be damaging to the broken tooth, causing the root within to swell and burst. Use milk or a saline solution. If you don’t have access to these, use your own saliva.
Clean up your mouth
Your broken or lost tooth brings with it a risk of infection. Brush your teeth to the best of your ability and rinse out your mouth with mouthwash or salt water. If you are experiencing bleeding from the mouth / tooth try patching the bleeding area up with gauze.
Cover sharp edges
Putting strain on sharp edges when your mouth is moving can be very painful as well as risking further damage to your tooth. Do your best to cover any sharp edges with dental wax. This will prevent further damage to the tooth as well as protecting it from bacteria in the mouth or any food particles left over from your meal. If you don’t have access to dental wax, try using chewing gum or gauze as a temporary solution.
If a tooth is broken and incomplete, do not attempt to remove the rest of the tooth yourself. This is not only extremely painful, it can do a great deal of damage.
Bring down the swelling
If you have lost or broken a tooth as a result of trauma, you will likely experience a great deal of swelling in the mouth and gums. This can make it difficult for an emergency dentist to get a clear idea of the extent of the damage. Try and bring down the swelling with a cold compress.
This will also hopefully numb the affected area and mitigate any pain experienced. If you feel that you still need pain relief you can take an over the counter pain medication like Ibuprofen.
See an emergency dentist
All of the above will help you to mitigate the damage to the tooth as well as your pain or discomfort. However, it should go without saying that such temporary DIY fixes are only ever a temporary solution.
It’s imperative that you see an emergency dentist as quickly as possible. They will be able to implement a more robust solution. In some cases they may be able to carry out an on-the-spot permanent repair. Most of the time, however, they will put a robust temporary solution in place while you weigh up your options such as getting a permanent crown or implant.
How we can help
At Patient Empowered Dentistry, we provide a range of solutions to suit all needs and budgets. Whatever the nature of your dental emergency we can get you smiling again quickly. We offer a range of solutions for chipped broken and lost teeth including dental bonding for covering chips in front teeth or tooth covered fillings to repair damaged back teeth. We can also review your other options if you need a more long term fix.
If you need an emergency dentist, we can help you to get empowered with a range of budget friendly solutions. Get in touch with our team today.