Steps to Take After Injuring a Tooth
Uh, Oh! A newly injured chipped tooth? Don’t panic yet, because we’re here to give you all the information needed. If you have a chipped, cracked, missing, or displaced tooth, here’s what you need to do:
Is the injury just to your tooth, or is it affecting other parts of the face? If it’s other parts of the face, contact your doctor or go to the Emergency Room. Don’t wait and let the problem worsen.
If it’s just the tooth, there are some options depending on the severity! These are the most common:
This is a small crack along along the enamel. This is not a dental emergency and has no sensation. Try to avoid any additional stress on the tooth and make sure to bring this up at your next appointment.
An enamel fracture is a chip along the edge of the tooth. Contact us to schedule an appointment. It doesn’t have to be immediately but at your earliest convenience. Take OTC medications to reduce any swelling in the gum, and place wax over the chipped area. This will help prevent the tooth from injuring other areas of the mouth.
Displaced of Loose Teeth
If the tooth is knocked out of place or moved from the original area, this is considered a dental emergency. Contact us immediately and schedule an appointment! At home, you should start on a soft or liquid diet, take an OTC medications to reduce swelling, and apply a cool towel to the area that is swollen.
In some cases, at-home remedies won’t work or help, but in most, you can try over-the-counter medications to reduce swelling, cold towels to help numb the area, wax to protect the mouth, night guards to help limit the injury during sleep, and reducing stress on the teeth.
If you are experiencing any kind of pain from an injured tooth, it’s important to contact us and come see us as early as possible. Don’t let the injury worsen by no being proactive! We are here to help with any tooth emergencies and ensure quality oral care!