Teeth are comprised of enamel and enamel is very hard but it is known to break. A tooth can break at any time – when you bite down on some foods which may be hard like candy for instance. But the break is usually hard, quick and sometimes can be painful too. Teeth can also break if you fall down hard on your face or get smacked in the face. Sometimes it is immediately visible or clear what part of the tooth has broken and if there is some other injury as well.
If you are bleeding, first stop the bleeding. Once the bleeding stops you will be able to see what the exact nature of the tooth break is. Often if you break the tooth on impact, the broken tooth and the impact both can cause injuries in the mouth or on the lips. Once the bleeding has stopped, you can assess the damage.
Home Remedies For Broken Tooth Pain Relief
Teeth can chip in a variety of ways – a small piece from the tooth, a big piece of the tooth, or a crack into the roots. Depending on the cause and how big the break is, you and your doctor will decide the remedies. Once you have identified what tooth is broken, you can look at some home remedies to stem the pain.
- Icing the area and avoiding biting into any food for some time is the best way to keep the pain at bay.
- If you are unable to get to a doctor or a dentist immediately and the pain in unbearable, then you should consider taking some over-the-counter pain remedies.
- Gargling with warm salt water is helpful and can disinfect the wound.
- If the broken tooth has an edge that can hurt you further, keep it covered using some sugarless gum or paraffin wax.
- Avoid eating solid food for a few hours to a few days, depending on how serious the break is and how long it’s going to take you to get to professional medical help.
- You can try applying some clove oil on the gum closest to the injury. It acts as a local anesthetic.
- If the nerve is exposed or damaged as a result of the injury, ensure that you keep your head elevated, which can reduce the pain.
How To Fix Broken Teeth?
A broken tooth can be fixed in many different ways. Your dentist will use many different materials, depending on your budget and your broken tooth.
- Most common methods are using fillings. Fillings are for part of the tooth that breaks off and can be filled in to restore the shape. This method is usually used for teeth not visible immediately and teeth that have not been damaged too much.
- Crown or caps is the next alternative. Caps are created out of metal, ceramic or porcelain and metal and even all resin. Caps are fitted over teeth, making then look a lot like actual teeth and also protecting the broken tooth below it.
- If the damage is extensive and the teeth are in the front, your doctor might suggest crowns or veneers which are more expensive but have better longevity and also take longer to make.