Tooth Pain relief – broken/chipped/cracked teeth
Have a broken tooth?
Broken tooth first aid – What to do
If you should happen to break or crack a tooth, here are some general steps:
- Collect the broken pieces – You can show your dentist the loose pieces, they cannot be reattached, but the dentist can see if it’s tooth enamel, or a filling.
- Get a piece of fresh gauze – If there is bleeding, or sensitivity a piece of gauze will help stop the bleeding, and provide some cushion (make sure you do not bite down hard on a broken tooth).
- Call us – A broken tooth won’t repair itself and might become infected, call a dentist so the issue does not get any worse.
Broken Tooth First Aid – What you shouldn’t do
- Hot or cold food or drink – Your tooth will probably be sensitive to temperature due to the exposure, it’s best to consume food and drinks that are lukewarm until your tooth is fixed.
- Sugary foods and drinks – Sugar can irritate the exposed inner layer of the tooth.
- Hard foods – These foods can potentially break the tooth even more so. Stay away from things like nuts, hard candy, or other tough foods.
Tooth Pain relief – temporary
- OTC Pain Relief- like Advil (ibuprofen) or Tylenol (acetaminophen). Avoid aspirin, which can slow blood clotting.
- Floss after eating – Clean all the food particles and plaque from between the broken tooth, and any adjacent teeth. Plaque is the sticky film that coats teeth and contains bacteria. Do not to floss too deeply around the affected tooth.
- Sleep with your head elevated – Inflammation of the exposed nerve can cause severe, throbbing pain. Elevating your head may ease some of the pressure.
- Saltwater rinse – 2-3 times a day. Saltwater has antiseptic properties and can remove bacteria from the infected area.