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What to Do With a Broken Front Tooth -10 Tips

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What to Do With a Broken Front Tooth -10 Tips

A broken tooth occurs when a piece of tooth is often knocked out exposing the root pulp and is often accompanied by pain, bleeding, infection, and swelling. It may affect your ability to eat properly, talk and for some, it can lower their self-confidence when smiling.

Being a very common occurrence, there are various factors that may contribute to it such as extreme tooth grinding, tooth decay or suffering a traumatic fall. It is important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible because delaying can lead to further infection or total extraction of a partly damaged tooth.

In an instance where a broken tooth cannot be saved, there are various restorative and cosmetic options available at Vita Dental that can repair damaged teeth prior to discussions with the doctors.

There are also first aid measures that can also be taken if a patient is not able to see the dentist soonest. Meanwhile, you can follow your usual dental oral hygiene until your next scheduled visit, brush with care and more gently.

Use a cold pack

Apply a cold pack over the affected area to ease pain and swelling. If bleeding does not stop within 30 minutes or if you have a history of problems with blood clot after an injury, rush to the emergency room as soon as possible.

Temporary sedatives

Use anti-inflammatory drugs or painkillers until you can see a dentist. Rinsing the mouth with warm salty water especially if it’s painful. You can also use a tooth numbing gel to curb the throbbing. If the broken tooth has a sharp edge, cover with sugarless gum to keep it from cutting inside lip.

Temporary filling

Most drugstores sell over-the-counter kits of dental cement that are considered a temporary solution. The filling is a restorative material that contains zinc oxide which will help keep hold until one is able to make an appointment with the dentist.

Periodontal stabilization splints

This is when a tooth has broken due to the supporting bone loosening. This is caused by periodontal disease. The splints glue the teeth together using a reinforcement wire on either side to keep it stable while it heals. It helps the teeth chew efficiently.

Re-inserting teeth

An avulsed tooth is permanently broken and knocked out completely including the root. If possible, the tooth can be reinserted in the respective sockets then biting gauze to hold it in place. Later a doctor can then try to reinsert the broken fragments then make future appointments to monitor their progress.

Dental bonding

Bonding can last approximately 10 years. No anaesthesia is required during the process. The broken tooth is first roughened, then a tooth bonding agent is applied, moulded and smoothed. When the composite has hardened, it is then shaped and polished to match other teeth.

Veneers

These are tooth covers because they tend to be attractive and realistic as possible. It is bonded to the front of the tooth and can last for up to 30 years. So there will be no need to worry about replacement. Although, if you keep grinding teeth it will wear them out. Veneers are created in the lab so you will have to wear a temporary one for a while. It is later bonded on the front of the tooth.

Crowns

It’s a cap that covers the tooth and prevents you from losing it. There are custom made crowns to match other teeth with a natural and uniform look. Without a crown, a damaged tooth cannot withstand the pressure of chewing. Crowns correct the shape of the teeth while preventing additional damage like tooth decay or exposed nerves.

Root canal

A root canal is done if the broken tooth has extended to the pulp. The process involves clearing out the decayed matter and removing the nerve. A very painful procedure but when done right it poses minor discomfort. When left untreated for quite some time, it can cause the spread of infection, bone loss and abscess

Dental implants

A broken tooth that extends below the gum line requires the whole tooth to be removed because it’s no longer treatable and can’t be saved. Implants are a permanent replacement that will act as the new root. It is placed securely with a titanium post in the jawbone for a great fit. Since this is a long-term foundation, it may take about six months for the titanium posts to fuse in with the jawbones.

Keep in mind that teeth break for a number of reasons and these situations should be treated as emergencies. Regular dental checkups together with thorough brushing and flossing can help keep your teeth healthy and intact. Broken teeth are common and thanks to modern technology and dental experts at Vita Dental, there are several effective options available to restore your confident smile again.