- Category: General Dentistry
- Emergency Dentist - Dental Emergency
- Knocked-Out Tooth
- Loose Teeth
- Chipped, Cracked or Fractured Teeth
- Something stuck between teeth
- Lost Dental filling
- Oral Tissue Injury and Facial Pain
- Problems with Temporary Dental Restorations
- Is it a Dental Emergency?
- Avoiding a Dental Emergency
- Preparing for a Dental Emergency
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Chipped, Cracked or Fractured Teeth
If you have a tooth that is chipped but do not experience any pain, it is usually not a dental emergency, and it won’t hurt to wait a few days to until an appointment can be made with name, but you should be careful not to cause additional damage to it while eating. In treating a chipped tooth, name may simply smooth the area that was chipped or repair the area with composite filling material for a natural appearance.
A tooth that is cracked or fractured usually indicates that damage has occurred within the tooth structure as well as on the outside in which case you should immediately contact name for an emergency appointment. Some tooth fractures may be so severe that the tooth might not be able to be saved by name. In the event of such an emergency, upon contacting name, follow the steps listed below:
Carefully rinse your mouth with warm water.
If the tooth fracture was brought on by trauma, a cold compress can be used to minimize swelling.
Acetaminophen can be taken as instructed to help reduce any pain. (Be careful not to take aspirin.)
Never apply a painkiller to the gum because it can burn the gum tissue around the tooth. This includes Orajel, which often is marketed for these types of procedures.
In order to determine the state of your tooth, name will first take an X-ray. If the pulp (soft tissue inside the tooth) is damaged, name may advise a root canal. A crown may suffice is the pulp is unharmed. Some dental offices provide permanent crown placement within the same day while other offices use laboratories to make the permanent crowns in which case you will wear a temporary crown in the meantime. If your tooth cannot be saved, the best options available to you will be presented to you by name to replace the missing tooth.