Cracked or Broken Teeth
Teeth are strong, but they still can fracture, crack, or break. These can be painless, but if a crack extends into the root, you may have excruciating pain. Trauma, grinding, and biting are common causes of cracks and breaks, and you must see a dentist as quickly as possible.
If a segment of tooth has broken off, call your dentist and then rinse the tooth fragment and the mouth with lukewarm water. If there is bleeding, apply gauze to the area for ten minutes. Place a cold, damp towel on the cheek to minimize swelling and pain. If you can’t see the dentist immediately, cover the affected area with over-the-counter dental cement and take a non prescriptionl pain reliever.
The nature of the fracture or break will determine what the dentist is able to do. If it extends to the root, root canal therapy may be the only way to save the tooth.