An accident or injury could leave anyone unexpectedly dealing with a damaged tooth.
When you have a chipped or cracked tooth, it’s perfectly natural to wonder what you can do about it at home.
When is a Chipped or Cracked Tooth a Dental Emergency?
A severely broken tooth is a dental emergency. A minor chip or crack should not cause bleeding. Blood indicates either deep damage to the tooth or serious trauma to the surrounding gums. Immediate dental care is crucial!
Likewise, if your tooth has been completely knocked out, you need to see an emergency dentist right away. Gently rinse off the tooth, leaving any soft tissue intact, and place the tooth in a cup of milk. Seeking care within two hours provides you with the best chance of restoring your tooth to full function and health.
How Can You Care for a Chipped or Cracked Tooth at Home?
Home fixes for chipped or cracked teeth are temporary measures at best. If you go back to using the damaged tooth as you normally do, you risk worsening the damage.
Here are some ways to protect your teeth before you see the dentist:
1. Rinse Your Mouth and Control Swelling
After you chip a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water. Stop bleeding by applying pressure. Once the bleeding has stopped, you can then switch to a cold compress to manage swelling.
2. Keep the Chipped Piece of Tooth Safe
If you are able to find the piece of chipped tooth, gently rinse it in warm water. Wrap it in wet gauze and bring it with you when you see your dentist.
3. Use Dental Wax for Minor Chips
When a chipped tooth leaves behind a jagged edge, it can cut into your tongue or gums. Dental wax can be purchased from any pharmacy and temporarily applied over the edge.
4. Avoid Chewing on the Damaged Side
While you are waiting for treatment, do your best to avoid putting pressure on the tooth. This is especially important for cracked teeth, as biting down can deepen cracks.
5. Use Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers as Directed
Common OTC medications are your best bet for managing the pain soon after a tooth cracks. Some people prefer to use clove oil, which includes a natural numbing agent.
The sooner you get professional care, the more likely your tooth can be repaired. Contact Coscarella Dentistry today.