Experiencing a dental emergency is often a traumatic experience. If a tooth breaks, it can be a very painful one, as well. It is important to know what to do if this occurs in order to minimize panic, pain, and risk of the problem becoming worse.
Our teeth are naturally very tough, but can break if they become weakened due to lack of dental hygiene, or during a physical accident, such as a car crash. If this occurs, you should first call our Houston dentists as soon as possible. Before you leave for treatment, rinse the mouth out thoroughly with warm water. This will clear out any debris that you do not want to damage the tooth further or accidentally swallow.
The surrounding gums will likely be bleeding. Applying gauze for about ten minutes should reduce blood flow. To subdue pain and reduce swelling, apply a cold pack to the outside of the mouth over the area for as long as needed.
There are also some products found at most general retail stores that can help in these types of situations. Dental cement can protect the nerves of the tooth from being exposed, and certain expert-approved liquids are used to store knocked –out teeth. Talk to our expert in treatment in broken teeth in Houston about where to find these products.