Have you broken a tooth and are not sure what to do next? Breaking a tooth can happen in many different ways, but there is usually some form of blunt force trauma to the teeth for severe breaks. At Summit View Biological Dentistry and Wellness, we want all our patients to be well informed on how to protect their teeth against breaks, what to do in the event of a broken tooth, and how we can help you restore your smile. If you are currently experiencing a dental emergency, please call our Park City, Utah office right away.
Frequent Causes of a Broken Tooth
Teenagers and adults are the most common type of patients suffering from a broken tooth. It is usual for individuals to be significantly active in physical activities and sports in these age groups. Although participating in these activities is suitable for your bodily health, they could potentially put your teeth at risk of severe injuries such as being knocked out or breaking.
For our patients that know that they will be participating in such activities that would potentially be a hazard to the structure of their teeth, we suggest that they look into and obtain a mouth guard. Athletic mouth guards will help protect your teeth against blunt force trauma. Breaks are less likely to happen if a cushioned mouth guard takes most of the blow.
Immediate Steps to Take After a Break
Please do not try to fix or mend your broken tooth at home. This is a job for a dental professional such as Dr. Chandler and Dr. Geddes.
- Call Summit View Biological Dentistry and Wellness right away. Giving our office a call immediately after a break will help inform our staff of the emergency and allow us to get you in for treatment as soon as possible. By calling right away, you will also be able to ask any questions that you may have.
- Rinse your mouth with saltwater or warm water to flush out any lingering bacteria or food. Saltwater helps the mouth remain clean while waiting for treatment.
- If a portion of the tooth has fully broken off from the root or the remaining tooth, locate the piece. Once you have the piece, place it either in a glass of milk or into a clean, wet gauze. Bring the tooth into the office when you come to see us.
- Avoid chewing on the side of the break and refrain from consuming hot or cold foods because they can aggravate the sensitivity.
- If needed, take the proper dosages of over-the-counter pain medication to help temporarily alleviate pain.
Depending on the severity and the location of the break, we will determine the course of treatment. Our main goal is to do all that we can to save and restore your natural tooth. We also offer very realistic and affordable tooth replacement options if that is impossible.
Dr. Chandler or Dr. Geddes will work closely with you to develop a tailored treatment plan that will get you excited. Having a broken tooth can be scary, but we don’t want our patients to worry. All restorative treatments are completed with the highest quality of care possible.
Call your Park City, Utah Dental Office, Summit View Biological Dentistry and Wellness
If you or a family member is experiencing a broken tooth, be sure to get in touch with our office immediately to help you as soon as possible. We look forward to helping you obtain a perfect and complete smile.