As soon as you felt that gentle crack, you knew there was something wrong. When your tongue touched off the sharp edge, you knew you had cracked one of your teeth. It may not be too painful right now but it may crack further and the nerve may be exposed. You need to get to a dentist and get it fixed. But what can you do in the meantime and what will the dentist do for you? At Inchicore Dental surgery, we’ve put together a few points to give you an idea of what lies ahead.
A cracked or fractured tooth will require dental assistance and your mouth may already be sensitive to temperature and taking in any type of food or drink. Before you can get to a dentist here are some tips to keep the pain to a minimum and ensure you are ready for your appointment. Some of these may be a little painful but see how you get on…
What to do with a suspected cracked tooth…
- Rinse your mouth out with warm water. This will get rid of any excess bits of food or even very loose bits of tooth.
- If you are bleeding, try and hold pressure to the area like you would if you had a cut on your finger or similar. Use regular gauze if you have it.
- If there’s swelling, apply an icepack to keep the swelling down.
- At this stage, there’s not much to do except take an over the counter painkiller and try and take your mind off it – if possible!
When you get to our surgery and we examine you, it will likely be one of the following cases…..
- Minor cracks rarely need treatment but we may well smooth out any rough spots and make sure there’s not too much damage to the enamel.
- Chips are usually not too serious and any damage can often be repaired with filling material.
- Cavity break occurs when a tooth has collapsed due to an internal cavity weakening it. These can often be fixed or in severe cases, the tooth may be removed.
- Cracked tooth usually means the pieces remain in place, but the crack gradually spreads. We’ll usually try and fill them and a crown may be an option in serious cases.
- Broken cusp – the cusps are the pointed chewing parts of your back teeth and can break off under severe pressure. Here, we can build the tooth back up to ensure no damage is done to your tongue and the shape is restored.
- Serious breaks can feel very painful and they often are. You will probably need a crown and root canal treatment is possible in the case of nerve damage.
A cracked tooth feels very painful but in the hands of an experienced dentist, there is always a solution. Talk to us at Inchicore Dental surgery and if you have any doubts as to whether one of your teeth may be cracked and close to breaking point, get in touch and make an appointment.