If you have broken your tooth you want to make a call to get in and see your dentist right away. Even if it is just a small chip, you want to get it looked at and repaired as soon as possible. Even a small chip can put you at greater risk of cavities. Also, if your tooth took on enough trauma to be visibly injured then there is also a chance that you may have a fracture in it and this is something that should definitely be looked at by your dentist immediately. This article will give you first aid advice for a chipped, broken or knocked out tooth so you know just what to do.
What to do for a chipped or broken tooth
The first thing you want to do is to try to find the piece that broke off and put it in a baggie for safe keeping. Rinse the inside of your mouth with luke warm water and check for mouth injuries. If you have injuries in your mouth then you want to use gauze and pressure to stop the bleeding. Use an ice pack on the outside of your mouth to relive the pain and to help prevent anymore swelling. Once you have controlled the bleeding then you can take an aspirin. Call your dentist to get in as soon as you have control of the situation.
What to do for a tooth you have knocked out
If you have knocked out your tooth then you want to understand that if everything goes in your favor then you may be able to have the tooth saved. This will prevent you from needing to go through some invasive tooth replacement procedures and it can also save you pain, recovery time and money. For these reasons you are going to want to locate that tooth as quickly as possible.
Pick it up by the crown only and rinse it in your saliva. If you are up for it, try fitting it back in place. If you are unable to do so, put it in more saliva in a clean container. Call your dentist to get in ASAP. Use sterile gauze to control the bleeding and use ice to prevent swelling. Don't take an aspirin for pain because it will thin your blood and this means you will bleed even more. If your dentist is closed or unable to squeeze you in then go to an emergency dental clinic.