3 Things To Do If You Break A Tooth

If you play sports, there is always the risk that you will get hit in the mouth. If you do, then you run the risk of having a tooth get broken. If something does happen and you do break a tooth, you need to see your dentist immediately. A broken tooth is going to cause you a lot of pain, but more than that, it lets bacteria into your tooth and can lead to an infection or a cavity. But what can you do if you aren't able to get in to see a dentist for a day or two?

Dental Cement

One thing you can do is to put dental cement on the broken part of your tooth. That will seal it off and help keep anything from getting into your tooth until you can get into the dentist. Sealing off the broken part will also help to reduce some of the pain because it will keep the air off any exposed nerves. You can get the dental cement from any local pharmacy or grocery store. You should be able to find it where the toothpastes and toothbrushes are. Do not use any other kind of product that isn't supposed to go in your mouth. It could toxic. 

Tea Bags

No, you aren't going to go out and make yourself a nice cup of tea. Dampened tea bags are perfect for handling any bleeding that you may have. If your mouth or tooth keeps bleeding even after some time or after you have applied pressure with a towel, then try using a tea bag. 

Pain Killers

If you are in a lot of pain, then you can use things like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. There are also topical ointments that you may want to try. The nice thing about using a topical treatment is that you start to feel pain relief immediately. It can work really well when used in combination with an OTC painkiller. The topical treatment will numb the damage until the OTC painkillers take over. As the medications that you take start to wear off, then you can apply more of the topical treatments as necessary. If you use one of the treatments, then you should use a cotton swab to apply it so that you don't numb your tongue or lips. 

If you have broken tooth and you can't get in to see your dentist for emergency dentistry immediately, there are things that you can do to help handle it until you can.