Broken, Chipped, Lost Tooth

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Emergency Dental Denver can treat a broken or fractured tooth, chipped teeth, and a tooth that has been knocked out.

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Chipped or Fractured Tooth

Below are some first aid long term care tips for these situations.

Broken or Chipped Tooth

First Aid for a chipped or broken tooth

A broken or cracked tooth may cause a very painful toothache. If you have a broken or cracked tooth and you are unable to visit an emergency dentist immediately, here are some ways for you to relieve the pain from a toothache caused by a broken or cracked tooth.

Save any pieces. Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain. Call our office as soon as possible at 720-440-9598 so that we can get your long term treatment underway quickly.

If a large part of your front tooth has broken off, save the broken piece if possible and bring it with you to our office. If you are in pain take over-the-counter pain medications and call our office immediately. Whether or not you are in pain you should call our office immediately 720-440-9598 to prevent infection and other complications.

Avoid foods and beverages that are very cold or very hot. Since the dentin layer of the tooth has likely been exposed by the crack or break in the tooth, extremes in temperature may cause pain.

Avoid foods and beverages that are very high in sugar, or are very acidic.

Use an over-the-counter pain relief medicine. Generally speaking, a pain relief medication that is intended to reduce inflammation works best for dental pain, because most toothaches are caused by an inflammation of the tissues or the inflammation of the nerve.

Floss between the teeth that are cracked or broken. Removing the food particles and plaque may help reduce the pain from the toothache.

Use oil of cloves, Eugenol, which can be found in most health food stores, is used in various dental materials because of its antiseptic and anesthetic properties. Using eugenol at home may help reduce pain from a toothache. Soak a small piece of cotton in the oil, then blot the cotton on a piece of tissue to remove the excess. Using a clean pair of tweezers, hold the cotton on the painful tooth for 10 seconds, making sure you do not swallow any of the oil.

Seal the crack or the hole in the tooth temporarily. Some pharmacies have over-the counter temporary filling material that may be used to seal the hole created by a break in the tooth, or seal a cracked tooth temporarily.

Sleep with your head elevated. The inflammation of the nerve of the tooth with a crack or break is very painful, and is often what causes the most uncomfortable pain. If you elevate your head when resting, some of the pressure in the area of the toothache may diminish.

Rinse with warm salt water. Rinsing with warm salt water two to three times a day may help to relieve a toothache caused by a crack or break. Salt water works as an antiseptic to remove bacteria from the infected area.

Tooth Knocked Out

Long Term care for a broken tooth

If you knock out one of your permanent teeth it is vital to see a dentist immediately. The longer you wait, the harder it will be for your dentist to put it back in. There is a 30-minute window in which teeth can be effectively re-attached. After 24 hours, chances decrease significantly. The dentist will examine the site of injury and clean the tooth socket. The tooth will be replanted and joined to the surrounding teeth for 7-10 days for stability. If the tooth re-attaches to the jawbone, it will then require root canal therapy.

Adult Instructions: If the tooth is loosely dislodged, apply light finger pressure to try to push the tooth back into its position. Do not apply a lot of pressure. If the tooth is completely out, place it between your cheek and gum and get to our office within one hour. If you are afraid of swallowing the tooth, put it in a glass of cold milk or cold water and bring it with you. Do not rub or wipe the tooth off.

Children’s Instructions: Place the tooth in a glass of cold milk or cold water or gently wrap it in a clean, damp cloth and get to us within one hour. Call ahead so we can expect you. Delaying more than an hour decreases the likelihood of successful re-implantation. Do not rub or wipe the tooth off.

Need an emergency dentist for a broke or chipped tooth in Denver? We are broken, chipped and lost tooth emergency dentists located in downtown Denver offering emergency services BY APPOINTMENT. We are here to meet all of your emergency dental care needs. We offer a unique blend of technologies and caring staff to achieve the best dental experience. When you choose Emergency Dental Center, you will find a dental clinic that provides an experience that is as enjoyable as possible. Our facility in downtown Denver is comfortable and offers amenities such as:

  • Free garage parking
  • Free WiFi
  • An internet bar
  • Free beverages and snacks
  • T.V. in our treatment rooms

ATA Dental Center
Tel: 720-440-9598
Fax: 720-440-9620
507 Lincoln St., Suite 101
Denver, CO 80203
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