Although the enamel around your tooth is one of the hardest tissues in your body, it does have its limits. While it can be a frightening experience, you shouldn’t panic if you break your tooth. Below are a few helpful tips to help you get through the process.
Caring for a Broken Tooth
As soon as your tooth breaks, you should visit your dentist. Because of infections, your tooth can be damaged further. There are even some cases where someone completely loses their tooth because they waited too long to get it looked at. But if you can’t make it to a doctor right away and you are experiencing pain, try taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. Some people who have a broken tooth can sometimes find relief by rinsing their mouth out with salt water. If the tooth now has a jagged edge where it broke, you can try using sugarless gum to put around the tooth to try and prevent yourself from cutting your tongue. Also, try to only eat soft foods to avoid biting down on the tooth that you broke.
Treatment for a Broken Tooth
Treatment for your broken tooth will depend on the damage to your tooth. If there was only a very small piece of enamel that broke off, you can usually have it repaired in one visit to your dentist. But if the tooth is severely damaged or broken, it may require several visits before your tooth is fixed. Below, we will take a look at how the dentist may repair your tooth.
If only a small piece of your tooth chipped off, your dentist will most likely use a filling to repair the damage. If you have broken your front tooth, a dentist will typically begin a procedure called bonding to fix your tooth. Bonding does not require numbing, and it is a relatively simple procedure. The dentist will etch the surface of the tooth to roughen it so that bonding material will stick to it. Then, the dentist will apply adhesive material to the tooth, followed by the bonding material. After the bonding material is shaped to look like a natural tooth, the dentist uses ultraviolet lights to harden it.
Dental caps are used when the tooth has an excessive amount of decay. The dentist will file or grind away part of the tooth that is remaining, and it will then be covered up with a cap or crown. Porcelain crowns and resin crowns can be made to look almost exactly like the original tooth, but all-metal crowns are the strongest. If the entire top of the tooth is broken off but the root is still there, the dentist may decide to perform a root canal.
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