My Tooth Broke! What Should I Do?

You are sitting in a movie theater, holding a jumbo-size bucket of buttery popcorn. You stuff a handful into your mouth and chew. Suddenly, you hear a loud crack as you bite down on an un-popped kernel, and you realize your tooth is now broken. This experience spoils the rest of the movie, doesn’t it?

Our teeth are amazingly strong, but they can chip, crack, or break under the wrong conditions. Biting down on something hard, falling, or being hit in the mouth can lead to dental damage. Also, having a cavity weakens a tooth, so it is more likely to fracture. Sometimes, a chip or crack won’t be painful at all, although you may be aware of how different the tooth feels to your tongue, as the tooth may be sharp. However, if the nerve inside the tooth is damaged, you are likely to experience pain. Air, hot or cold drinks, and pressure from chewing may be extremely uncomfortable. What should you do?

If your tooth is broken or cracked, it is important to see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can determine if the break was caused by cavities, and check to see if the nerve was damaged. Until you can see the dentist, there are a few things you can do to relieve your discomfort, including applying a cold pack to reduce swelling, applying pressure to any bleeding areas with gauze or a teabag, and taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.

If you break a tooth, and the idea of going to the dentist fills you with dread and anxiety, you don’t to live with the oral discomfort. An option you may wish to consider is I.V. sedation. I.V. sedation enables patients suffering from dental anxiety to get the treatment they need. With I.V. sedation, a trip to the dentist can be a calm, comfortable experience instead of a stressful one.

Learn more about I.V. sedation on Dr. Gasbara’s website!