Emergencies always take us by surprise. Whether your child suffers a knocked-out tooth during a soccer game or you break a tooth while eating dinner, you will undoubtedly want to get it fixed as soon as possible. While you can’t usually anticipate an emergency, you can be prepared to deal with it by educating yourself about your options beforehand.
They key to emergency treatment is taking quick action. When you respond to the situation in the right way, you may be able to save a tooth or prevent greater harm from occurring. Here are suggestions on
What to Do When You Chip or Break a Tooth
Perhaps you bite down on an unexpectedly hard piece of candy. Maybe you trip and smack your tooth on the sidewalk, or you are hit in the face with a baseball during a game. Whatever the reason, you have sustained a chipped or broken tooth. What do you do next? Follow these simple steps to limit damage:
- Call Anderson Dental immediately to get a same-day emergency appointment.
- Use salt water to rinse your mouth and keep the tooth clean.
- If the jagged tooth is irritating your mouth, cover it with a bit of sugarless gum.
- Chew with the opposite side of your mouth as the damaged tooth.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever if the tooth begins throbbing.
You may be in pain initially, but the quicker you get in to see us, the faster we can get you patched up and alleviate the discomfort.
Repairing Chipped or Broken Teeth
In the way your tooth has been damaged will determine what we do to repair it. A chipped tooth may require a simple bonding procedure, which essentially replaces the area that was chipped off by bonding a composite to your existing tooth. Some procedures do not require anesthesia.
For teeth with greater damage, we may recommend a veneer, which is essentially a new front that is added over the existing tooth to cover up any damage. If the damage is more extensive than just a small chip, we may repair the tooth by using a crown. This fits over the existing tooth and strengthens it enough to withstand chewing.
In the most serious cases, a root canal or dental implant may be necessary. This happens when the crack or break reaches down below the gumline, and it often takes more than one appointment to complete these procedures.
Be Ready for an Emergency
When you come to our office immediately upon your dental incident, we can determine what the next step will be. Keep our tips in mind so you are prepared for any type of dental problem in the future. Payson Dental office as an emergency happens to get the care you need.