Broken tooth (or teeth)? Dental emergency
With fractured teeth, you may or may not be able to even see the damage, and it might not be painful all the time. The tooth may only experience pain when biting, or, eating something hot or cold. Sometimes the damage may be very visible, with severe, constant pain, because the nerve is exposed or damaged. or may be in constant pain because the nerve has been damaged. In any case, it is important to be see by us as soon as possible. But if you are not able to make it to Pure Dental Arts right away, do the following:
- Gently rinse out your mouth with warm water
- Use guaze and apply gentle pressure to any injured areas in order to stop the blood flow.
- Apply an ice pack or a cold compress to the area in question.
- Take an OTC pain medication. DON’T place pain relievers such as Asprin on the tooth or the injured gums! It won’t help, and it may chemically burn the soft tissues.
- If you can’t see a dentist soon, OTC temporary dental filling material may be a viable option for sealing up gaps and cracks.