Chipping or, worse, breaking a tooth can be dangerous. Dental mishaps can happen to anybody, irrespective of an individual’s oral health. If you find yourself in a situation where you chipped or fractured your tooth, contact our office, Roy B. Guster, DDS PC in Chicago. We will do our best to give you relief from pain and avoid permanent damage.
But before you can go to our office, here are a few things to remember if you break or chip a tooth:
Rinse Your Mouth
After chipping or breaking a tooth, immediately rinse your mouth with lukewarm water to clear out any blood or dirt and keep the area clean. Besides, a piece of your tooth that broke off may still be in your mouth, and a mouth rinse will bring it out. This will stop you from swallowing the tooth or damaging other teeth by mistakenly biting down on it.
Stop the Bleeding
If there is continuous bleeding, apply pressure to the site with a clean towel or gauze instantly. This will help stop the bleeding. Try not to irritate or scrub the area as it may increase bleeding or cause pain. Just maintain steady pressure on the gums or tooth with slight movement.
Try to Preserve the Tooth
If your whole tooth has been dislodged from your mouth, try to find it as quickly as possible. There may be a possibility that we can save and re-attach it. The tooth should be thoroughly rinsed and kept in a milk or saline solution. Then try to get to your dentist as soon as possible.
Apply a Cold Compress
A cold compress to the affected area will help relieve pain and swelling. The cold seals the blood vessels and slows down the blood flow to that section of the mouth. This helps reduce inflammation, numb the area, and stop the bleeding.
Pain Relieving Medication
If you are suffering from unbearable pain, take pain-relieving medicines before heading out to see your dentist to ease the discomfort. The anti-inflammatory drugs not only relieve pain but also reduce inflammation.
Visit Your Dentist at the Earliest.
It is important to visit a dental office at the earliest. A chipped or broken tooth is considered a dental emergency as even the slightest fractures in a tooth can severely weaken it. It can cause infections and more substantial dental problems in the future.
A cracked or chipped tooth requires immediate attention to prevent further complications, so visit our office, Roy B. Guster DDS PC in Chicago, or call (773) 445-1009 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roy B. Guster.