Treat a broken tooth
There is nothing worse than a chipped tooth, is there? A chipped tooth can be very painful and can lead to even bigger dental problems if it is not treated properly or cared for incorrectly. This begs the question: broken tooth, what to do? In this article, we will give you some important information to help you do the right thing when you have a broken tooth.
Broken tooth - See the dentist immediately
First of all, you should make an appointment with your dentist. The sooner you get an appointment, the better. If the dentist is near you, you should try to see him or her as soon as possible, because the longer you wait, the harder it can be to save or preserve the tooth.
Also tell your dentist if you are in pain. This will give him or her a first indication of how serious the problem may be. Especially if a dead tooth has broken off, pain can indicate a more serious problem.
Tooth broken off First aid - Relieve symptoms
While you are waiting to see your dentist, there are some steps you can take to relieve your symptoms. For example, in consultation with your dentist, you can take a mild painkiller to reduce pain and inflammation. You should also be careful not to chew on the affected side of your mouth to avoid further damaging the broken tooth.
Root-treated tooth broken off - treatment and care
A chipped tooth can occur for a number of reasons. Teeth can be broken by:
- caries or by
- weakening of the tooth
becoming porous and breaking off.
The type of treatment you need will depend on the cause of the broken tooth.
If your dentist concludes that the tooth can still be saved, he or she will probably recommend a filling or a crown. In some cases, root canal treatment may be needed to remove the damaged tissue in the tooth.
However, if the broken tooth cannot be saved, it may need to be removed. This is often the case if a tooth crown has broken off. In this case, your dentist may recommend a bridge or implant to close the gap between the other teeth.
Avoid chipped tooth
Now that we have given you some tips on what to do if you have a chipped tooth, here are some tips on how to avoid chipped teeth. In any case, it's important to take care of your oral hygiene to avoid future problems.
Brush your teeth twice a day - ideally using our emmi-dent ultrasonic toothbrush. Also floss to remove plaque and harmful bacteria. Regular professional dental cleanings, performed every six months or so, can also help keep your smile healthy and bright.
Remember: Whether you've chipped a healthy tooth, broken off a dead tooth or broken off a root-treated tooth, it's always important to act quickly to prevent further damage.