Did you know that enamel, the white substance that covers your teeth, is stronger than any bone in your body?
However, teeth still break and it’s important to know how to proceed if that ever happens to you, so that you can get it fixed with no complications.
Keep reading and learn what to do if you break a tooth!
What to Do If You Chip a Tooth
A chipped tooth is usually not a serious injury and it can typically wait for medical attention, but you’ll still want to be careful when eating. The best thing you can do is opt for soft foods that aren’t too hot nor too cold.
If you feel any pain, your usual over-the-counter painkiller will be enough for some relief.
What to Do If You Break a Tooth
Breaking a tooth is a bit more serious than just chipping it, so our advice is that you see a dentist as soon as you can. You’ll probably feel a good amount of pain, especially if the tooth’s nerve ends up getting damaged, so once again, take a painkiller.
Rinse your mouth with warm water immediately and apply some ice to the area. If it keeps bleeding, press a gauze on the tooth.
What to Do If You Lose a Tooth
In extreme situations, you might lose your entire tooth and, just like when you break it, it’s important that you pay a visit to your dentist as soon as possible because the chances that your tooth’s nerve got severely hurt are very high.
If you can keep your tooth, make sure to grab it by the crown, as you don’t want to damage the root end.
What Can the Dentist Do?
As we mentioned, it’s important that you go to the dentist when you chip, break or lose your tooth, as you want to avoid any possible complications.
But what exactly will the doctor do? Well, it varies from case to case. However, some of the most common procedures are:
- Dental Filling
If you only chip the tooth lightly, the doctor will probably fill it in with dental bonding. If the chip is a bit deeper, you might need a filling, as well as a root canal.
- Dental Crown
This is the ideal solution for those who break a big piece of a tooth. When performing a dental crown, the dentist will grind the part of the tooth that remained and complete it with a crown.
- Dental Implant
Doctors like Dr. Suzanne Caudry specialize in dental implants and, if you ever lose an entire tooth, they’re able to implant a new tooth in the empty space.
No Need to Panic!
Now that you know what to do if you break a tooth (or chip it, or lose it), you can see that there’s no need to panic. After all, dentists know exactly what do to give you your beautiful (and complete) smile back.
Just remember that accidents happen!
If you’d like to read more about dental health, or even health in general, make sure to keep exploring our blog. We have all the tips and tricks you need to always be in your best shape, both mentally and physically!