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How to Treat a Broken Tooth

Accidents can happen at any time, in any place. Many people damage their teeth as a result of accidents such as falling or tripping, road traffic accidents or injuries sustained during sporting activities or fighting.

What should I do if I break a tooth?

If you break your tooth, it is important that you keep hold of your tooth and arrange to see your dentist as soon as possible. If your normal dentist does not offer out-of-hours appointments, you can see another dentist. If you cannot find a dentist, you should visit the nearest Accident and Emergency department. Try to keep your tooth in a glass of cool water or milk. If you are able to get treatment quickly, your tooth may be salvageable. Try to avoid touching the root portion of the tooth and hold it by the crown.

Even if you do not think you have broken your tooth, it is important you see your dentist as soon as possible as you may have damaged the surrounding tissue or the area of the tooth under the gum line.

Treatment for a broken tooth

If you have seen a dentist early enough, they may be able to salvage the tooth. The dentist will examine your mouth and try to re-implant the tooth if this is possible. Your dentist may carry out X-rays to check for other damage and they may attach a splint to the tooth to support it.

If the tooth has been lost and cannot be re-implanted, your dentist may advise you to consider options to replace the tooth. This may include dental implants, a dental bridge or dentures if a number of teeth have been lost.

Preventing accidents and injuries

It is impossible to prevent accidents sometimes, but there are steps you can take to try and protect your teeth. At home, try to reduce the risk of falls by keeping corridors and stairwells clear and covering sharp corners on pieces of furniture. If you play contact sports such as boxing, rugby or hockey, protect your teeth by wearing a mouth guard.

What is Causing Your Toothache?

If you’re struggling with troublesome toothache, we are here to help. Whether you’ve had an isolated episode of pain or have experienced persistent discomfort or sensitivity, it’s a good idea to get your teeth checked out just in case you need treatment.

Causes of toothache

Toothache is a very common problem and there are various different causes. One of the most common causes of toothache is decay. Decay is caused by harmful bacteria, which produce strong acids that weaken the protective enamel surfaces of your teeth. Eventually the enamel will become so weak that holes known as cavities start to form. If you have tooth decay, it is best to get it treated as soon as possible to prevent further infection. The most common course of action is to place a filling inside the cavity. We offer high quality white fillings, which will strengthen and protect your tooth without having a negative impact on the look of your smile.

Dental injuries can also cause tooth pain. If you’ve been hit by a ball playing sport or have tripped and banged your mouth, for example, you may experience toothache. Pain may arise as a result of a fracture or chip and it’s best to see your dentist. If there is damage, your dentist can patch up your tooth to protect it and prevent any further pain.

Sensitivity can also increase the risk of tooth pain. If your teeth are sensitive, this usually means that the enamel is worn or thin and this has resulted in the dentin layer of the tooth becoming exposed. The dentin lies beneath the enamel and contains the nerves, which is why you feel pain.

Dental abscesses can also cause pain. Tooth pain tends to be severe in this case and you may also experience swelling and tenderness around the affected tooth. If you have a dental abscess, you will need treatment from your dentist, who will drain and remove the abscess.

If you’re struggling with pain, don’t suffer in silence. Call us today and we’ll have you smiling again in no time!

How to Deal with Dental Injuries

Over the course of time you can be involved in a number of accidents for many different reasons that cause your teeth to be broken, knocked out or moved out of their original position. This can be very painful and have a knock on effect, so it is important to know what to do if this happens to you.

What to do with a tooth injury

If your tooth has been knocked out you will need to visit your dentist as soon as possible to try and recover your tooth. If you are in possession of the tooth it is important to make sure it has been cleaned well to remove any dirt, but don’t scrub the tooth too hard to prevent any further damage. Once this is done keep the tooth between your gum and cheek, but don’t try to put it back where it came from. If this isn’t possible keep it in a clean cloth and place it in milk. Once this is done try to get to a dentist within half an hour, as it may be possible to repair the tooth.

For teeth that have been knocked out of place, apply a gentle pressure with your finger to realign it, but do not pressure it back into the opening. Once again it is important to get to a dentist within half an hour to see which treatment is required; this will be based on how serious the injury is by your dentist.

For tooth fractures it is important to get to the team at Advance Dental Clinic quickly so we can determine the seriousness of the fracture and what to do in order to save it, as there are different procedures and definitions for small, moderate and serious fractures. It is important to note that there is usually a very limited possibility of saving a serious fracture.