Maybe you are experiencing a broken tooth and suffering from pain and discomfort. In this case, the first thing that comes to mind is to seek treatment in the emergency dental clinic. It is worth knowing that the smallest fracture will also need emergency treatment because the bacteria can cause infection in the fractured part. We are here at Walkin Dental Clinic to help you in emergencies, including a broken tooth. Therefore, if your tooth is broken, do not hesitate to contact us for an appointment with our emergency dentist.
What Are the Causes of Broken Teeth?
Your tooth may break due to several reasons, including:
• A cavity
• Teeth grinding
• Biting down on hard foods or something hard, such as ice or nuts
• A blow to the face, such as car accident
• Decayed tooth
• Large dental filling
• Naturally by advancing age
If your tooth is broken, do not panic. Keep calm and follow the following tips.
Please contact our emergency dental clinic in Toronto if you need emergency treatment for a broken teeth.
What Should You Do Until You Get to the Emergency Dental Clinic?
At first, you have to rinse your mouth with warm water or saltwater. You can manage your pain while traveling to the emergency dental clinic. You can use OTC or over-the-counter pain medication, for example, Tylenol. However, keep in mind that all painkillers relieve your pain temporarily. You have to head to the emergency dental office as soon as you can to have your broken tooth repaired permanently. A cold compress can help you to reduce inflammation and swelling. If the broken tooth has a sharp edge and may damage or cut your tongue, lips, or cheeks, you can cover it with sugarless chewing gum or wax paraffin.
Emergency Treatment in the Emergency Dental Clinic
Treatment of the broken tooth depends on the severity of the fracture and its location. The emergency dentist may recommend one of the following treatments:
• Dental bonding: if there is a minor crack on the tooth, the emergency dentist uses bonding to restore the appearance and the function of your tooth. Dental bonding should be replaced with a new one after some years.
• Dental crown: if a major portion of your tooth is broken, a dental crown will be used. It is a porcelain or ceramic prosthesis that fits over the broken tooth. The dental crown will last a lifetime with proper care.
• Root canal treatment: root canal treatment will be performed if the cracks extend into the inner part of the tooth or pulp. In this case, the damaged pulp will be removed.
• Tooth extraction: the emergency dentist may extract your tooth if the tooth root and the nerves are damaged.
Although you cannot repair your broken tooth, you can prevent it. Please avoid biting down on hard objects and foods, such as nuts. If you are an athlete, a mouthguard can protect your teeth. Please practice good oral hygiene and have your teeth brushed and flossed at least twice a day.