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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.

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.

Emergency treatment for tooth abscess from Colchester dentist

If teeth are not effectively cleaned by brushing and flossing, a substance called plaque builds up around the teeth. Plaque is a filmy substance made up of bacteria and other debris that clings to the teeth and gums causing decay. The acids released by the decaying bacteria in plaque erode tooth enamel, the hard protective coating that covers the teeth. It makes small holes in the enamel known as cavities, which can require dental fillings.

If the cavities are not filled, the plaque will eventually penetrate to the centre of the tooth. Here it will erode away the pulp or dentine that fills the centre of teeth and eventually attack the nerve located at its centre. This can lead to a very painful infection which can be responsible for tooth loss. The infection is also capable of spreading to other parts of the mouth and even entering the bloodstream where research has shown it can cause heart problems.

The body’s natural response to infection is to bombard it with white blood cells. These white blood cells gather around the infected material and attempt to kill the infection. This creates a yellow substance called pus, which can build up in large and painful abscesses in the gum. This swelling can be very sensitive and make everyday activities like eating and drinking very unpleasant.

The first sign of a tooth abscess is usually a toothache but if the infection has killed the nerve there may be no pain but there can still be an infection present in the tooth. It is always essential to see a dentist even if a toothache seems to have gone away by itself.

Other signs that you may be suffering from a tooth abscess are a foul odour and a bitter, unpleasant taste in the mouth. This may be accompanied by a general feeling of nausea. The pain from the ache will usually get much worse when exposed to extremes of hot and cold, especially when eating.

Over-the-counter pain remedies such as paracetemol can help with the pain and can keep tooth abscesses under control and swilling salt water also helps, but only a visit to a dentist will beat the underlying causes of the infection. Any delay in treatment can give the infection valuable time to spread making the consequences of a tooth abscess much more severe. In extreme circumstances tooth abscesses can require admission to hospital and even painful oral surgery. Make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible if you suspect a tooth abscess. Call 01245 268 494 for a free consultation at Advance Dental Clinic in Essex.

Immediate dental implants

Today we saw a delightful lady from Ongar who had fractured an upper tooth below the gum line. The tooth could not be saved so after taking a CT scan of the area we carefully removed the tooth and placed a dental implant. We then made a provisional tooth and fitted it to the implant to fill the space. To find out more about dental implants visit our dedicated site

Emergency Dental Treatment

Today I had a call from a new patient with pain from a tooth, after she could not get in contact with her NHS dentist. I treated her problem with a root canal treatment that will be finished off by my colleague James in the next few days. If you require emergency treatment please call the dental practice, you will be given a mobile number to call so we can arrange to see you as quickly as we can.