How To Handle A Broken Tooth

When you break a tooth, it can be a jarring experience. So, as with any dental emergency, it is important to know how to handle that situation if it arises for you. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI, dentist will share some steps you can take to navigate this particular dental emergency as easily as possible, as well as how we will help you in our office.

 

First Steps

When you experience a dental emergency, it can be shocking or even scary. In these events, it is important to first take stock of the damage, especially if your break was a result of an accident that affected more than just your mouth, such as slipping and falling. Once more immediate issues have been dealt with and any bleeding in your mouth (or anywhere else) has been stopped, you should attempt to locate any pieces of your tooth that broke off, and keep them in a container, submerged in either milk or salt water, to bring with you to your emergency dental appointment. If you are in pain, of course, you can take over the counter pain medication or try holding an ice pack on the outside of your face to numb the painful area. The next step is to call Lake Orion Family Dentistry to make a same-day appointment.

After You Call

When you call our office in the event of a dental emergency, our helpful staff will schedule an appointment so that we can take care of you as soon as possible. They will also remind you about the aforementioned steps in case there are any that you forgot in the commotion. Then, once you come in, we will examine your mouth to find the best way to restore your broken tooth. If it was broken as a result of decay, your best courses of action may be a dental filling and a crown or, if it has progressed, extraction and a restoration afterwards. If the break was purely because of an impact, we may be able to reattach the pieces through bonding, or we may cover the tooth with a crown to protect it against tooth decay. Every step of the way, you can be sure that your dentist will work with you to find the most effective solutions to keep you happy and healthy.

When You Need Help, Call Us!

If you ever have any questions about dental healthcare, what’s normal, and what isn’t, we want to help you find the answers! And, if you experience a dental emergency like a broken tooth, you should contact us right away so that we can help you handle it. To schedule an appointment, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213.