Cracked tooth causing toothache and increasing risk of infection that needs an emergency dentist

What to Do for a Chipped or Broken Tooth

November 23, 2020 8:00 am | Published by

Life can be tough on our smiles and at one point or another, you or a loved one may experience a dental injury, such as a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth. However, there’s no need to fret! There are some things you can do to ensure that you are as prepared as possible to handle a dental emergency.

How to Prepare for a Dental Emergency

While there’s no way to fully prepare for every unexpected dental emergency, there are some things you can do to make them less overwhelming if they do occur.

Firstly, we recommend keeping your dentist’s number in multiple locations, such as on the fridge, in your car, in your phone contacts, and in your family member’s phone contacts. This ensures that no matter where you are, you have their number handy and ready to call when you or a family member needs urgent dental care.

We also advise adding some tooth-related items into your emergency kit. These items include clean disposable gloves, fresh non-woven gauze, a small container for transporting a knocked-out tooth, floss, and a toothbrush.

How to Handle a Chipped or Broken Tooth

If you chip or fracture your tooth, rinse your mouth out with warm water mixed with salt. If you have any swelling, apply an ice pack to your cheek closest to the area of the damaged tooth. Collect as many pieces of your tooth as possible because there’s a possibility that we may be able to reattach them. Avoid chewing on the side of the affected tooth, especially if there is pain.

Call Vista Ridge Family Dentistry, your Cedar Park emergency dentist, as soon as possible! A tooth that is chipped, broken, or cracked is vulnerable to infection. This is because bacteria may have easy access to the sensitive inner portion of your tooth called the pulp. The sooner you see us, the more likely we will be able to save your natural tooth.

Same-Day Emergency Dentistry in Cedar Park, TX

If you have need emergency dental care in Cedar Park, TX, our team can see you the same day you call! We leave room in our schedule to accommodate patients in need of urgent care so you don’t have to wait in pain or stress about finding an appointment.

Questions about how to handle a dental emergency? Please contact Vista Ridge Family Dentistry for more information!

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