Ouch! What to do when you crack a tooth

Everyone knows that teeth are vital for speaking, chewing and smiling. But when you chip or break a tooth, it becomes even more critical.

Cracking a tooth can be a scary experience for many people. It does not only cause a financial loss, but it also impacts your oral health. Our experienced Currambine Dental team knows that even if you have a healthy diet and lifestyle, you can still experience tooth breakage. That’s why it’s vital to know what to do when you break a tooth to prevent further dental damage from reoccurring over time. The good news? We’re not just here to fill in the cracks of your teeth; in this blog, we’re filling you in on what to do when you break a tooth and how you can avoid further harm to your pearly whites with our emergency dental and preventive dentistry services. 

Common causes

  • Damaging or cracking a tooth during a fall or physical activity
  • Chipping from food getting stuck between the teeth
  • Biting an object that is too hard or using too much force while chewing
  • Poor oral hygiene and tooth decay

 

What to do

A chipped or broken tooth should be taken care of by a dentist as soon as possible. Although it sounds scary, a chipped or broken tooth is considered a dental emergency and, if left untreated, can turn into a much bigger problem. But don’t stress! You’re in good hands at Currambine Dental. Our experienced, friendly team will ensure you are looked after, comfortable, and well-informed for any emergency dental procedure.

In the event of you experiencing a cracked tooth and you’re unable to get to our practice right away, here are several things you can do to relieve any pain and help protect your oral health in the meantime. These include:

  • Holding a tea towel or cloth over the area until it stops bleeding
  • Running cold water over the broken tooth for five minutes to numb it

Preventive Dentistry

Although it is common to experience chipped or broken teeth in everyone’s lifetime, you can avoid potential dental injuries like a cracked tooth with healthy habits and proper dental care.

There are many ways to prevent a cracked tooth, including;

  • Wearing a mouth guard to avoid injury while playing sports 
  • Visiting your dentist regularly for a checkup or clean
  • Wearing a mouth guard while asleep to prevent symptoms of bruxism
  • Brushing and flossing daily
  • Staying away from hard foods such as boiled candy 
  • Using toothpaste with fluoride

 

Emergency Dental in Perth

Your dental health and well-being are our top priorities. Our staff at Currambine Dental will treat emergency patients the same day or as soon as possible the next day. We always strive to schedule you with your preferred dentist or, in an emergency, with another dentist on their first available appointment.

For more information surrounding our dental services or if you experience a dental emergency outside of our business hours, please phone 08 9304 0300, or book the first available appointment online here.