damaged teeth

Just like with bones, no one ever plans on breaking, chipping or cracking a tooth. These kinds of accidents often require emergency dental care to fix the damaged teeth or prevent the problems from becoming more severe. Luckily for you, HomeTown Dental has several excellent cosmetic dentistry options that will restore your smile to its former glory. Here are the things you need to know about dental emergencies dealing with damaged teeth.

Cracked Tooth

A cracked tooth is when the outside of your tooth becomes fractured and causes a weakness in the structural integrity of your tooth. Sometimes this problem will be obvious but sometimes the problem may not be noticed immediately. Simple cracks are not usually cause for treatment, but only your dentist can decide whether or not the crack should be cause for concern. Sometimes cracks will spread and cause more serious problems down the road when not examined by a dental professional. More often than not, a cracked tooth will require a bit of cosmetic dentistry.

Chipped Tooth

A chipped tooth can be a serious problem depending on the severity of the chip. Sometimes the chip can expose parts of your roots that will make your mouth highly sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks. For small chips, your dentist may only smooth out or polish the area to restore it back to normal. For larger chips, a root canal may be necessary to remove the damaged nerves.

Damaged Teeth Tips

The important thing to remember after damaging your teeth is not to panic. Most dental emergencies can be taken care of the same day and almost none of them will lead to any serious side effects when addressed immediately. The steps for addressing damaged teeth are as follows:

  1. Rinse out your mouth with warm water.
  2. Stop bleeding teeth with gauze and pressure applied to the wound.
  3. Call your local HomeTown Dental office to schedule an appointment.
  4. If you can’t get to a dentist the day of your incident, buy some dental cement at a local drug store and apply it to the damaged tooth. This will prevent the problem from becoming more severe while you wait to see a dentist.

A trained dental professional should always address dental emergencies since there is no way to fix a damaged tooth on your own. Damaged teeth can be quite painful depending on the severity of the injury. You will know how severe the injury is depending on how much pain follows the incident. Some damaged teeth will not result in any pain, but should still be examined by a dental professional. Have any more questions regarding damaged teeth and dental emergencies? Call us or schedule an appointment today!

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