What Should I Do if I Broke My Tooth?

February 21, 2017

Teeth fracture in a few different ways for a variety of reasons. Some patients break their teeth because of:

  • Trauma
  • Decay
  • Biting on something hard
  • Having large old fillings

Are you worried that your tooth is broken?


Some breaks are quite obvious, leaving behind a sharp edge you can feel with your tongue. Others, however, are a bit subtler. Some fractures you might not be able to see, but a sharp pain after biting can indicate something is wrong. You may even have some beginning fractures that you don’t feel at all.

If you are in pain because of a chipped or broken tooth, Dr. Farhan Qureshi recommends the following.

  • Rinse your mouth with warm (not hot) water
  • Place gauze over any bleeding areas
  • Put an icepack on your cheek or lip on the outside of the affected tooth
  • Take an over-the-counter pain relief medication

The next step is scheduling an appointment ASAP at Farhan Qureshi, DDS for emergency dentistry. Whether your tooth hurts or not, you won’t be able to fix the problem at home. As a matter of fact, you probably can’t even tell the extent of the damage without the help of digital dental x-ray imaging.

How We Fix Your Broken Tooth

Treatment for a broken tooth varies just as much as the types of fracture. Some breaks are too minor to merit treatment. Others might need to be repaired for esthetic purposes. Most of the time, a filling or a crown is enough to stabilize your tooth. But in more extreme cases, you could need a root canal or even an extraction.

 

To find out what kind of treatment your tooth needs, contact Farhan Qureshi, DDS today.