How should I handle a chipped or fractured tooth?
There are many different ways that a tooth can chip or break. Depending on where the tooth broke and what caused it to break, Dr. Kamodia will determine which treatment options will be best for you to address the damage.
Minor chips from front teeth can often be fixed by smoothing out the rough edges or with cosmetic bonding. Cracked or broken back teeth may require a filling or a cap/crown to help hold the rest of the tooth together and prevent further damage.
If a tooth is severely fractured and you are experiencing pain, please call us as soon as possible. The nerve of your tooth may be exposed and the sooner Dr. Kamodia can see you the greater the chance your tooth can be saved. In some cases, if a tooth cracks in just the wrong way it may not be savable so Dr. Kamodia will talk to you about how you can replace the tooth.
If you fracture a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and use an ice pack or cold compress to reduce the swelling. Also, take ibuprofen—not aspirin—for pain, and call Gentle Dental Care to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?
Your tooth will have the best chance of surviving trauma if you see us within one hour of the accident—so call Gentle Dental Care immediately for an appointment.
Ask to speak with Dr. Kamodia directly to determine if you should put the tooth back in yourself or wait until you arrive at our office and let us help you reposition it. Try to handle your displaced tooth by its crown (the top part), not by its root (the pointed part on the bottom). Touching the root of your tooth can damage the cells that are necessary to reattach your tooth to the bone.
Gently rinse your tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub! Then place your clean tooth in your mouth between your cheek and gum to keep it moist. If it’s not possible to store your tooth in your mouth, store it in milk or saline solution (used for contact lenses) until you can make it to our office.
If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, the tooth should not be replanted. However, your child should visit the dentist immediately to ensure no broken pieces of the tooth remain in his or her mouth.